Looking back at 2017

As the year is going to end in a few hours, I think it comes naturally to sit down, look back at what happened during the year. Almost everyone on my Instagram feed is sharing their best nine photos, and everyone on my facebook feed is sharing their holiday pictures or ‘we-got-no-plans-for-new-years-eve’ jokes.

And I am here sitting and writing down this post, especially for those who plan to spend their New Years Eve doing some reading on the Internet! πŸ˜€ Let’s get to some of the best things, worst things, lessons of 2017.

January 2017

I welcomed the new year with this quote and tried to stick with it!

“Never let your failures go to your heart or you success go to your head” – Soichiro Honda.

And then followed it up with multiple dates with the Tata Hexa. First I got to experience the capabilities of the Hexa at the Tata Hexa Experience event in Mumbai! And then the Tata Hexa was officially launched a few days later. Just as I thought that January couldn’t get better, there was the Autocar Performance Show that I got to attend. Amidst all the good cars, I also got to see John Abraham at the opening ceremony of the APS 2017! πŸ˜€

Go to Instagram to see more posts!!

February 2017

And then came the date with one of the hottest hatch in the country – the Volkswagen GTI! And this was an experience I cannot forget! This two-door beast left me so speechless, I ended up making my first video of 2017 to share the experience with you! xD Check out this post to read a little about what GTI is and see the video below!

And then February ended in a very classic way with the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017!

No. 127 – 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia at the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017! . . Know the story behind this long name? Post-war, VW was doing good with the economy car Beetle. Since there was an increase in the living standards of the people, VW decided to add a flagship sports car to its model range. So it gave a contract to Karmann, a German coachbuilder, for its manfacture. He in turn contracted it to an Italian firm Ghia, who made the fresh styling for this car! 😁 It first debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October 1953 and more than 10000 were sold in the first year (1955)! . . The car was later superseded by the Volkswagen Scirocco and Porsche 914. #tbcbehistory . #thebestcarblogever .

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March 2017

March was filled with dates with the Honda WR-V & the Tata Tigor. Two different yet stylish looking cars of 2017!

Mors photos and videos are on Instagram!

April 2017

April was the best as it started with meeting my creative self again after a long time! I started with the #100DaysOfSketchingCars campaign. And then I couldn’t continue with it sadly, but it’s never too late and you never know! Positive hopes!

Check out the sketches I made on this separate page that I will definitely try to update with more soon.

May 2017

May was a little slow, I guess too hot for any car manufacturer to host any events and for me to do anything. πŸ˜› I know it sounds like an excuse but what more can I say about my laziness. I did post one interesting photo on Instagram and here it is!

June 2017

It started with making new friends and forging relations with a place that I didn’t know I would keep re-visiting! I attended the re-opening of the 3S showroom and facility of Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels, which was accompanied by the launch of the E-Class E220d. And as the rains started, I finally went on a short road trip with one of my brother-from-another-mother. Just the perfect way to enjoy the rains!!

July 2017

July was a mixed bag. Two sketches, one spotting, one time where I lost two wheels and when for a two-wheeler event πŸ˜€ and one post about a friend who took time and efforts to show love to his ‘Jewel’ Ciaz!

August 2017

Someone helped me change my perceptions of Hybrids, especially a Toyota Prius! πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

September 2017

It started with an event at Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels – Celebrating Bertha Benz and the women who love cars! Although not much of a wedding season here in India, a friend got committed to his love – the Jaguar F-PACE! πŸ˜€ (Read the post below!) And then I went on a date with the Tata Nexon on its launch day.

Once upon a time, there was a boy. He went to the Jaguar showroom. XE was the one he had been thinking about. But then he saw her beautiful sister F-PACE. XE became his EX. And the boy ran away with F-PACE! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . Congratulations @fla5hburn on your new lady! Treat her well! And make sure you keep going on those long drives with her! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ . Looks like ironman in this shot! 😜 . #newcar #jaguar #jaguarxe #jaguarfpace #thebestcarblogever . #jaguarxf #jagaurxfrs #jaguarxj #jaguarxjl #jaguarxkr #jaguarxkrs #jaguarftype #car #suv #ironman #jaguarlove #jaguarindia #carlife #carlifestyle #cars #carcrazy #loveforcars #carporn #carsofinstagram #carsindia #automotivedesign #automobile #automotive #lifestyle #motivation

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October 2017

As the year came closer, I think it just became more and more exciting! I went on a spotting spree, a classic one, mind you! And I also did my first Instagram series: “Things Car Manufacturers don’t do anymore!” It was a herculean task making this one happen and I am really glad I could do it! Go check this post where I have them summarized!

November 2017

My birthday month couldn’t get any better than this! Spotted a Lancer Evo IX, a first-time seeing it for real and feeling the Evo-lutionary vibes I also attended the launch of the Land Rover Discovery but I could neither post anything about it on my blog here nor on Instagram. πŸ™ One more thing happened, met someone I look up to and feel inspired by – I’ll reveal about it in the next week in my Instagram stories. Don’t forget to follow if you aren’t already! There is one more news – even I got committed just like my friend got hooked in September! Revealing her next week!! πŸ˜€

And I couldn’t imagine ending November like the way I did – driving the Ford Mustang GT!!

More Mustang on my Instagram!

December 2017

December has been quiet for me – but not for the rest of Mumbai, because we had a Ferrari 70th Anniversary celebration Drive! I couldn’t attend it because of personal commitments. πŸ™ Much of December has been kind of a throwback, as I shared some previous pending posts and tried to converse with as many people as possible.

Thank You 2017!

I also made a lot of new friends across this eventful year – you guys know who you are – and I hope we keep talking, meeting and sharing the love for cars! Thanks for being a part of my journey so far!

I won’t make any resolutions for the coming year, but I know there is a lot I can do and I will do! Keep watching! See you in 2018! Till then drive safe!

Honda WR-V launched in Mumbai

Honda WRV launched in Mumbai

We were waiting for Honda’s offering in the sub 4-meter compact SUV segment for long time now. And here is the Honda WRV. It is quite frankly late to the party, but the amount of efforts that Honda R&D India have put in along with Honda R&D Japan is commendable. For starters, they have given the WRV its own unique look. The front and the rear of the WRV have been given a differentiable character. The buffed up look is definitely not ugly, in fact it feels like a refreshed design style compared to that of the Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. The design of the WRV keeps growing on you, the more you look at it.

The late entry is also justified by the fact that Honda didn’t want to just add some plastic cladding to the Jazz and sell it like a compact SUV, which is the feeling one gets from the Hyundai i20 Active, the Volkswagen Cross Polo, and the Toyota Etios Cross – all of which look almost like the car they are based on.

The WRV has been extensively worked upon. It has larger dimensions, a slightly larger boot, and a tad better ground clearance compared to the Jazz. See the table below:

Β  Honda Jazz Honda WR-V
Length 3955 mm 3999 mm (+ 44 mm)
Width 1694 mm 1734 mm (+ 40 mm)
Height 1544 mm 1601 mm (+ 57 mm)
Wheelbase 2530 mm 2555 mm (+ 25 mm)
Ground Clearance 165 mm 188 mm (+ 23 mm)
Boot Space 354 L 363 L (+ 9 L)

The WRV’s suspension is not the same as the one in Jazz, and is designed give greater roll stability and improved rigidity for better handling performance. It has the Mac-Pherson strut front suspension and the Twisted torsion beam rear suspension.

It shares its engine with the Jazz – the 1.2L Petrol and 1.5L Diesel, but they have been tuned to work the best with the extra 50 kg that the Jazz gained to become the WRV. The petrol engine comes with a 5-speed Manual Transmission and the Diesel engine comes with a 6-speed Manual Transmission. There are no automatic variants available and Honda does not plan to offer them any time soon. The numbers are as follows:

1.2 litre i-VTEC Petrol
1.5 litre i-DTEC Diesel
Max Power
90 PS @ 6000 RPM 100 PS @ 3600 RPM
Peak Torque
110 Nm @ 4800 RMP 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Mileage (ARAI)
17.5 KMPL 25.5 KMPL

It will be an easier choice to make here since there are only two variantsΒ  (S and VX) in both the Petrol and Diesel offerings to choose from.

Safety features

  • Dual SRS front Airbags,
  • Anti-lock Braking System & Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) Body Structure
  • Impact mitigating front head rest
  • Pedestrian injury mitigation technology
  • Intelligent Pedal (Brake Over Ride System)
  • Multi-angle rear view cameraΒ with guidelines (VX only)

Unique features

  • First-in-segment Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto ReverseΒ  (VX only)
  • R16 Alloy WheelΒ design [with Gunmetal finish (VX only)]
  • Silver Finished Roof Rail Garnish
  • Climate Control with Touch Control panel.
  • 17.7cm Advanced Infotainment with audio, video, and navigation system called Digipad which is the one seen in the recently launched 2017 Honda City. (VX only)
    • It also has an in-built Satellite linked Turn-by-turn Navigation
    • My storage Internal Media Memory of 1.5GB
    • Mirror Link support for smart phone connectivity
    • Internet access for browsing, email and live traffic via optional WiFi Receiver
    • Voice Commands for Media, Navigation and Calling
    • MicroSD Card slots from Maps and Media
    • HDMI ports (2)
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Telephone and Audio streaming
  • AM/FM Digital Radio Tuner, MP3/WAV, i-Podβ„’/i-Phoneβ„’

Other features

  • Day time Running LEDs
  • Front Fog Lamps (VX only) & LED High Mount Stop Lamp
  • Turn Indicator on ORVM (VX only)
  • Steering mounted controls for HFT, Audio, Voice command (VX only) and Cruise control (Diesel Only)
  • One Push Start/Stop Button with white and red illumination (Diesel only)
  • Cruise Control (Diesel only)
  • Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote (Diesel only)
  • Front Centre Armrest with Storage Console (VX only)
  • Power Steering (EPS) – Tilt and Telescopic

Availability of the Honda WRV

Deliveries will begin immediately from the Honda’s dealer network of 336 facilities in 224 cities across the country. The Honda WRV will offer complete peace of mind with 3 years / Unlimited Kilometers warranty as standard benefit to the customer. Additionally, customers can opt for Extended Warranty for another two years / Unlimited kilometers for extra peace of mind. You can go book one for yourself now or even book a test drive today! Do let me know if you plan to do so!

Colors Options & Pricing

The HondaΒ WRVΒ is available with a choice ofΒ 6 color options:Β Premium Amber Metallic (New & Exclusive), Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic andΒ  Golden Brown Metallic

This is the pricing announced for Delhi and Navi Mumbai

Variant Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai)
Diesel – VX – MT 9,99,900 10,06,900
Diesel – S – MT 8,79,000 8,86,900
Petrol – VX – MT 8,99,000 9,06,000
Petrol – S – MT 7,75,000 7,82,000

Should you be buying the Honda WRV?

Are you considering the Jazz? Do you want a compact SUV that’s different looking and comes the assurance and service quality of Honda? The WRV is for you. Looking for a car bigger than a hatchback, smaller than a sedan, offering the compactness of the Jazz and the comfort of the City? The WRV is for you.

If you have any questions then do let me know.. I will try to answer them! Leave you questions in the comments below or email me on [email protected] and I’ll get back to you!

P.S. The WRV is below the CRV and the BRV. Honda, why did you not name it the ARV ??

Honda BRV launched in Mumbai

Honda BRV launched in Mumbai

Honda Cars India Ltd has made their entry in the most popular car segment in India, the compact SUV segment with the new Honda BRV. Available in both Diesel and Petrol option, the BRV (Bold Runabout Vehicle)Β  is Honda’s bet to appeal the consumers and accelerate their growth in the country.

Honda launched the BRV here in Mumbai at a press event at the Taj Lands End, Bandra. Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd were present at the event and said “India is a key market and we are focusing on increasing our customer base with new model introductions. The launch of BRV marks Honda’s entry in the compact SUV segment.”

Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, HCIL
Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, HCIL

The good parts about this Honda are its stance, exterior styling, powerful performance, best in class ground clearance of 210mm, excellent mileage and – a 3-row configuration that is actually practical. The car is 4456 mm long, 1735 mm wide and 1666 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2662 mmΒ  – which means a very spacious cabin.


The BRV in its petrol variant is powered by Honda’s 1.5 Litre i-VTEC engine mated to the new 6-speed manual transmission exclusively developed for this vehicle.Β The petrol variant also gets the first-in-class Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sports car-inspired Paddle shifts located just behind the steering wheel as an option. This engine delivers a maximum power of 119PS @ 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm @ 4,600 rpm and a mileage of 15.4 kmpl in the MT version and 16 kmpl in the CVT version. The diesel variant is powered by the 1.5 Litre, i-DTEC engine with Earth Dreams Technology, mated toΒ  the new 6-speed manual transmission. It produces a maximum power of 100PS @ 3,600 rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm @ 1,750 rpm and a mileage of 21.9 kmpl.

i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine
i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine


The exterior design reflects toughness and inspires trust on the vehicle. It gets the character of a premium SUV – a wide body & stance, highlighted with Projector Headlamps, wide appearance front grill design and LED position lamps. The silver finish front and rear bumper garnishes and the roof rails add to the sportiness of the BRV. A first and unique connected tail light design with LED light guide enhance the exterior appeal of the car. Last but not the least, the all-new 16-inch aluminium wheels increase the ruggedness of the BRV.


The second row of the BRV features a 60:40 split with slide and recline options. The third row has a 50:50 split design which we can fold flat and increase the boot space from a generous 223 Litres to 691 Litres. Interiors are done in a sporty all black theme, has a very pleasing dashboard design and high quality material all over the interior. This premium looking interior is further enhanced with optional silver accents, cool mesh design and piano black finish on the instrument panel. The white lit 3D speedometer with multi information display adds to the sportiness of the vehicle. On the higher variants, you also get the options for leather finish interior, multi-layered fabric seats, push Start/Stop button with smart entry key, integrated Bluetooth Audio System with Hands Free Telephone and Steering mounted controls for Audio, power foldable ORVMs.

Entry and exit for the third row is convenient due to the one-touch tumble second row seat. The BRV also has addjustable Headrests on all the three rows. The second row gets roof mounted AC vents keeping them cool too.

Chassis & Safety

The new chassis realizes both superior ride comfort and smooth & agile handling. The BRV’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in case of a collision. For better crash performance and comfortable ride the BRV’s body rigidity and the damper have been developed specially. The car features McPherson Strut suspensions in the front and Torsion beam rear suspension, which improve the car’s stability and ride comfort.

ACE (TM) Body Structure
ACE (TM) Body Structure

The BRV comes loaded with active and passiveΒ  safety technologies including Dual SRS Air Bags as standard offering across all its variants, Anti-Lock Breaking System (ABS), Electronic Break Distribution (EBD) which enhances the breaking performance.Β  The ABS with EBD is standard across all diesel variants.

Warranty & Availability

The BRV comes with a 3-years Unlimited Kilometers warranty as standard with another 2 years of optional extended warranty for all customers. The BRV is available in petrol in 5 variants – E, S, V andΒ  VX with manual transmissions and V with CVT; the diesel in 4 variants – E, S, V & VX with maunal transmissions. The following colors are available on the BRV: Carnelian Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic and Taffeta White.

Bookings are now open. And the price for the BRV are as follows (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai)

  • Petrol Variants
    • E – INR 8,75,650
    • S -INR 9,90,650
    • V – INR 10,90,650
    • VX – INR 11,84,650
    • V with CVT – INR 11,99,650
  • Diesel Variants
    • E – INR 9,90,650
    • S – INR 10,99,650
    • V – INR 11,85,650
    • VX – INR 12,90,650

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My #HangoutWithHonda Experience

The #Experience before the #HangoutWithHonda
Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 21:15

I was going through the usual round of checking my mail, that’s when I saw a mail that I should have had expected earlier in the day. I had completely forgotten that I had given out my email id the previous night to a person who contacted me through my blog’s Facebook page for some auto event.


I had received an invite for an experiential drive with Honda! So I was reading it and checked for further details. When was it going to happen? Nov 9. Where was it going to happen? Drive from Navi Mumbai to Lo.. Wait A Minute!! Nov 9! The day was to start in another three hours! (I say so because no time was mentioned in the Invitation)

I went to dad with my laptop, asked him to stop all his work and just listen to me! I showed him the invite and said that I wanted to go. He said no because I was gonna be on my own with unknown people, that too far away from home.. “You don’t even know whether they are real or fake!”.

Before I could speak up, I got my answer. And the real reason, I had college to attend for some placement training also the next day.


I calmed a bit, thought about the whole situation, weighed in all the profits & loss I would make depending on the decision I would take.
I had to deal with this situation now! I asked my dad if I could at least call up the person who mailed me the invite and get a few more details, what’s going to happen, what would I have to do, etc.


I got all the details & then had a 15-min long discussion with mom & dad, since this was the first time I got an invite to some event like this (because you guys read my blog so lovingly! Thank you friends! πŸ™‚ ) and I was gonna be on my own for the next day, IF they said yes.


Everything went well, I finally got the approval! πŸ™‚ I was super-excited now! So I called back and confirmed that I would join them. So did a quick review of what I would carry along tomorrow & then packed my bag. I went to bed early too (I don’t usually! πŸ˜€ )

The #HangoutWithHonda Experience
Sat Nov 9, 2013, 06:00 :

I was up early today and was waiting for my pickup car to come & take me to Hallmark Honda, Navi Mumbai, from where the journey would start.
I gotΒ  picked up at around 06:30 & reached the assembly area around 07:30.


Getting Ready!
Getting Ready!

All the CARS were getting ready for the drive. The CARS were being numbered, stuffed with some food for the journey, some goodies, the itenary, first aid kit, map to the destination.


It was scheduled to start at 08:00 hrs, but we finally got allotted our cars & started our journey by 09:00 hrs. And so we began our journey towards Aamby Valley City, Lonavala (our destination) inΒ  our cute-blue Honda Amaze (diesel)!

Yep! That cute blue Amaze #2 :)
Yep! That cute blue Amaze #2 πŸ™‚

We were briefed regarding the competition among the 11 Honda CARS (7 Amaze & 4 Brio), where the four teams with the best mileage from the four categories Amaze Petrol, Amaze Diesel, Brio MT & Brio AT, would win! πŸ™‚

(click on the above & below images to enlarge)

With me in the car were Deepak Amembal [@magic_eye] and Rohit Sane [@rohitsane].

Before reaching Aamby Valley, we took various halts, and one at the Tiger Hills point

Here are the journey pics:

We then continued our journey & reached our destination around 12:30 hrs.

Aamby Valley City!
Aamby Valley City!

We were joined here by the officials from Honda, who then did a presentation on Honda, what they do, the Amaze, the Brio, the diesel engine, etc. Here’s the video that we got to see over there. Do watch it!!

We broke out for lunch and then it was followed up with a bunch of games with the Honda CARS! Yep, two different games, one where we had to make an ‘8’ with the Brio followed by a reverse park to complete the track. Winners were decided based on the time taken to complete it.

The other game was kind of similar, we had to create an 8 again with the Amaze and do a straight reverse back to the starting line to finish the track. And here’s the twist, the Amaze would have a bucket securely taped in place, filled with water, on top of it. Winners were decided based on the least amount of water spilled, followed by the least amount of time taken.

We didn’t win either of the two games… But we did win the best mileage competition in the Amaze Diesel category! πŸ˜‰ It was a truly Amaze-ing experience!! Thank You Honda!! πŸ™‚

That's me on the right with the Amaze and Rohit!
That’s me on the right with the Amaze and Rohit!

#HangoutWithHonda Sneak Peak

#HangoutWithHonda - Honda Amaze Diesel
#HangoutWithHonda – Honda Amaze Diesel

TBCBE had been on a #HangoutWithHonda all the way to Aamby Valley City, Lonavala on November 9. All the experiences and the fun will be here soon in another blog post till then here is a sneak peek! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Sketch Update!

Sorry for being missing from here!

Check out the sketches page of the blog.. i posted a new Sketch there! πŸ˜‰

Still reading this post?? you didn’t click on that link? πŸ™

oh come on..have a look… it’s a Honda!! Now click here to view the sketch πŸ˜€

Sid πŸ™‚