CAR ASSEMBLY LINES ACROSS THE GLOBE are coming to a grinding halt because some company in Taiwan cannot supply enough chips. Seriously? I knew and always hated the fact that there are too many electronics in modern cars. But since I understood that chips are important for a car to go fast, brake better, consume less fuel, avoid crashes and, in the event of one, deploy the airbags, I grudgingly accepted that semi-conductors are essential for cars. But on quiet nights, I stare at the ceiling and think of my Premier Padmini which ran beautifully without any chip on its fenders.
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IT'S A JEEP THING
The mighty Wrangler is as capable as ever and now it’s made right here in India
ICON - RUF RTURBO
More powerful than Porsche’s contemporary GT2, the 347kmph Rturbo was once the fastest new production car money could buy. Today, almost two decades later, it remains as desirable as ever
Goldy Nagdev has a seriously impressive fleet of enthusiast-cars at his disposal, and the Thar is the latest one to join the lot. Where does it fit in to his garage?
THE GENIUS OF KARI
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“THIS WILL DEFINITELY DRIVE LIKE A VOLKSWAGEN”
Says managing director of SAVW, Gurpratap Boparai, the man helming the technical, engineering and production teams that brought the mid-size SUV to production
WILL IT SLIDE?
Only one way to find out…
A barrage of enthusiast-focused hatches have come, and we’re at your service to tell you which one is best
FUTURE IS SUVW
With the Taigun at its core, Volkswagen India are doubling down on their SUVW strategy for India
From ’60s Daytona through to today’s 812 Superfast, Ferrari has offered an unrivalled series of front-V12 powered super-GTs. We drive five of the best
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
The Trans Arunachal Drive 2021 was a road trip of epic proportions through the state of Arunachal Pradesh, and what better way to explore it than from behind the wheel of the Mahindra Thar
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Camille François Chief innovation officer at Graphika
The Geopolitics Of Chips
Taiwan and South Korea have amassed an uncomfortable degree of market power
Identities: Kathleen Hou
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A Silicon Curtain Descends
Trump escalated America’s war against Huawei and China. Biden should beware burgeoning technonationalism.
WHY HONG KONG'S PROTESTS TURNED VIOLENT
THE ESCALATION IS PART OF A STRATEGY TO UNMASK CHINA’S ABUSES BEFORE THE WORLD.
SCORCHED EARTH: WHAT DOES YOUR BIKE CO$T THE PLANET?
Manufacturing is the elephant the room, but weighing the true environmental costs of overseas vs. domestic production isn’t as simple as it sounds.
Calvin Teng - Peace of Mind
As a Taiwan native, Calvin started as a self-taught painter in realism.
What China Wants
Chinese leaders’ combination of superiority and insecurity is growing more dangerous. The U.S. needs a new strategy to reflect that
Hot Spot for Health
Taiwan’s high-tech hospitals attend to increasing numbers of medically minded travelers.