Sergius Barretto

    Autocar India

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    Sergius has been a part of the automotive industry for 18 years, fixing, selling, training and consulting on all things automotive. Auto enthusiast by birth. Auto engineer by education. Now auto journalist by profession.

    Stories By Sergius Barretto

    Jan 25, 2024 08:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki looking to rejig Fronx line up

    Fronx Turbo likely to get lower-spec variants in a bid to move its sales closer to projections.

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    Dec 14, 2023 03:37:00 PM

    Why the Mahindra Scorpio N received a zero-star rating by...

    Different testing protocols and differing requirements meant that the Scorpio N’s ANCAP rating cannot be compar...

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    Nov 25, 2023 02:05:00 PM

    New Porsche Panamera India price announced, starts at Rs ...

    Only standard V6 launched for now; no hybrids for India.

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    Nov 16, 2023 05:15:00 PM

    Half of all Tata Motors EVs sold are in rural, small town...

    Tata Motors' data also showed that nearly a quarter of all its EVs were purchased by first-time car buyers.

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    Oct 25, 2023 11:03:00 PM

    Renault to boost India portfolio with all new platform

    New modular platform will underpin five new models that will be produced from four production hubs, including India.

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    Oct 19, 2023 03:30:00 PM

    Tata Harrier, Safari to get lane keep assist

    Lane keep assist will be included in the ADAS bundle but via a software update, thanks to the switch to electric powe...

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    Oct 13, 2023 07:17:00 PM

    Maruti Suzuki to export 5 door Jimny to Japan

    It's also being exported to markets in Africa and South America.

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    Sep 29, 2023 06:07:00 PM

    Maruti now India’s biggest SUV maker as Grand Vitar...

    Grand Vitara has also become the fastest midsize SUV to hit 1 lakh sales milestone.

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    Sep 16, 2023 09:00:00 AM

    Tata Nexon, Nexon EV facelift colour options detailed

    Some shades are exclusive to certain trims and not offered on even higher trims.

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    Feb 05, 2024 08:00:00 AM

    Audi Q8 e-tron long term review, 1,500km report

    First report: With a nip and tuck and a larger battery, the Audi e-tron – now the Q8 e-tron – is back in ...

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    Jan 23, 2024 04:15:00 PM

    Tata Punch EV video review

    The Tata Punch EV is now on sale and promises much with a 122hp motor and a claimed 400+km of range.

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    Dec 13, 2023 06:27:00 PM

    McLaren Artura video review

    The McLaren Artura combines a highly strung twin-turbo V6 with a plug-in hybrid system. The result is one mega package.

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    Nov 19, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    BMW M4 Competition review: Mphatically brilliant

    The BMW M4 Competition is fast, but after a day with it in Munich, we discover it’s got a lot more talent hidin...

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    Nov 15, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    Hyundai Exter long term review, 2700km report

    Hyundai’s new mini-SUV joins our long-term fleet and our eager testers all give it a quick go.

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    Nov 08, 2023 04:41:00 PM

    Audi Q8 facelift video review

    Audi’s flagship SUV gets a minor makeover; is it too little, or does the Q8 already have what it takes to compe...

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    Nov 08, 2023 04:30:00 PM

    Audi Q8 facelift review: Mildly does it

    Audi’s flagship SUV gets a minor makeover; is it too little, or does the Q8 already have what it takes to compe...

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    Aug 08, 2023 11:30:00 AM

    2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC review: A star reborn?

    Mercedes’ bestselling SUV is back, armed with new technology under its familiar skin.

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    Jul 17, 2023 11:02:00 AM

    Hyundai Exter video review

    The Exter is Hyundai's smallest SUV and is here to take on the Tata Punch and Citroen C3. What's it like? We have the...

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    Feb 11, 2024 08:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki factory visit: Making of a Jimny

    The Maruti Suzuki plant was set up back in 1983, but today, it’s home to the company’s most modern line.

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    Dec 22, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    Automotive headlines that defined 2023

    A look back at key events, announcements and updates in the Indian car industry this year.

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    Jul 29, 2023 10:30:00 AM

    Feature: The complete guide to EV charging

    Charging an EV can be as simple as plugging in a phone, but there are considerations to be kept in mind.

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    Jun 05, 2023 02:45:00 PM

    6 lesser known ways to lower your car’s environment...

    Besides properly maintaining your car and driving efficiently, there’s plenty you can do to make your drive a l...

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    Jan 24, 2023 05:11:00 PM

    Icons of Porsche: A festival of all things Porsche

    We are smitten by the second edition of the Icons of Porsche festival and are left wondering what a group of Porsches...

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    Dec 03, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Analysis: Why India is pursuing ethanol as an automotive ...

    Despite rapidly heading towards EVs, India is also putting its faith in flex-fuel ethanol. What are the benefits and ...

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    Aug 19, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Feature: A look inside Maruti Suzuki’s R&D facility

    Commissioned in 2014, the Rohtak facility today houses a comprehensive proving ground and over 250 test labs. We get ...

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    Aug 14, 2022 06:12:00 PM

    India at 75: Automobile brands that are no more

    We take a look at carmakers in India over the past 75 years that didn't make it today.

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    May 09, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Analysis: Car Shopping Online

    How did Indian car buyers shop online? We delve into Eccentric Engine’s Rearview 2020 report to highlight these...

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    Feb 23, 2024 11:54:00 AM

    Opinion: Looking back to go forward

    Mega roads, like the Atal Setu, and hybrids, like the ones Maruti Suzuki is bringing, may be ideas from the past, but...

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    Jan 27, 2024 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: 3 hurdles the Duster must not trip over

    The Duster’s comeback can be easy but there are a few hurdles Renault must not stumble over.

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    Dec 04, 2023 02:05:00 PM

    Opinion: Why Maruti Suzuki desperately needs to have some...

    The Maruti Jimny discount really proves the point that Maruti shouldn’t try to rationalise every product. Some ...

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    Oct 01, 2023 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: why Indian special edition cars should tell stor...

    A Safari Taj Edition, for example, could feature design and scent signatures from the hotel.

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    Aug 11, 2023 06:22:00 PM

    Opinion: Are badge swaps really that bad?

    The Rumion is the fourth badge-engineered model between Maruti and Toyota, did it require more differentiation from i...

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    Apr 22, 2023 09:00:00 AM

    Opinion: The case for the Jimny 4X2

    A 3-door 4x2 Jimny is good for product line extension and help Maruti Suzuki bring in volumes.

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    Jan 15, 2023 05:00:00 PM

    Opinion: Why the Jimny and Thar are not competitors

    They may use serious 4X4 hardware and a body-on-frame construction, and soon, 5-door body styles, but they are far fr...

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    Dec 14, 2022 04:00:00 PM

    Opinion: The case for Bharat NCAP

    Just like mandated star ratings for energy efficiency of appliances, an automotive NCAP rating will rate cars, thereb...

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    Oct 23, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: The different paths to electrification

    It's interesting to see the very different approaches taken by Tata and Maruti Suzuki when it comes to electrification.

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