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  • Enemies of traffic safety: Fog lights and fancy wheels

    When you get a good thing, you don’t let it go. Unless of course you instantly find a better thing. A better thing is almost always greater than a good thing. This is great advice when it comes to choosing fish at the frozen food section. A fresh fish is a good thing. A fish that smiles and waves at you is fresher, hence a better thing.

  • Top 10 - JDM factory specials

    As the prices of JDM rockets like Skylines and Supras shoot up worldwide, we run down the list of the rarest and best JDM factory specials – cars which might be modern classics of a bygone era soon enough.

  • A new way to travel in Dhaka – Amphibious Cars

    If it rains for longer than the time it takes to make a U-turn on Green Road, Dhaka gets flooded. How do you get around then? Get one of these amphibious wonders, of course.

  • 70 years of the Prancing Horse

    Our tribute to the most recognisable automaker on the planet, and makers of the fastest race cars and sports cars on the planet.

  • The European Mustang

    The European Mustang 1970 Ford Mustang Milano Concept

  • Engrs Vs Physx

    Engrs Vs Physx

  • Car Spotting

    Car spotting is a noble profession that involves standing under the sun and in dust, on overbridges or on the side of the road, waiting to take a photo of a rare car that belongs to someone else. It takes paitence and skill, and our Rooftop Sniper, Shadman, has loads of it.

  • Chinese auto manufacturers you should look out for

    In an increasingly globalised world, the Chinese are making headway towards an auto industry that can compete with the

  • Fast and furious: the journey

    The Fast and the Furious has been the most recognisable source of on-screen automotive shenanigans since it was launched in 2001. The first few movies brought to light tuning culture for a wider audience through mainstream Hollywood and over time it has morphed into saving the world tropes befitting a superhero movie. Love it, hate it, or be entertained by it, you have to admit that the Fast and the Furious has taken the term “car movie” and taken it to new heights. Literally.

  • Furious 8: Fate of the Furious

    Fast and Furious should really not be a thing anymore. Out of all the sacrilegious things you could say to an automotive enthusiast, that one line might set off a chain reaction that lands my head on a spike with the words “For Paul” scribbled across my bloodied forehead. It does hold some merit – you just need to see the latest movie, the Fate of the Furious, to know why.

  • Last of the Bel Airs: 1957 Chevrolet 150

    That particular Bel Air looked serene and majestic. And I couldn't wait to get my hands on a scale model since the few that came into Bangladesh back in the 60's had largely disappeared. Sometimes a black four-door would pop up at those infrequent motor shows only to disappear again. That is until late 2016, when Akbar Sattar bought it from the previous owner and set about a restoration task fit to bring tears to a grown man's eyes.

  • 50 years of the Mazda rotary

    Few collaborations between people of different nationalities has resulted in revolutionary automotive technologies that is as significant as the Mazda rotary engine. Similar to British and French engineers coming together to create the Concorde supersonic jet, the Mazda rotary is the product of German ingenuity and Japanese adaptability, and has stood the test of time as an unlikely candidate shortlisted for the greatest automotive engines ever made.

  • Top 10 scale-model real life showcars from Hotwheels

    Hotwheels is a petrolheads entry into the car world. A few bucks sets a kid up for a lifetime of automobilia. Here's the greatest model cars of real life showcars by Hotwheels.

  • 11 of the CRAZIEST show cars ever made

    Some show cars give hints at what may come. Others grab the imagination, shove a couple of dynamite sticks in there and light the fuse. These are the 11 of the craziest cars ever made. Some went into production. Others caught fire.

  • All in the details: Volvo XC90

    Luxury SUVs are a dime a dozen these days. Volvo tries to carve itself a niche with the tech laden, gorgeous XC90.

  • Time capsule: 1978 Mitsubishi Lancer

    The story of this 1978 Mitsubishi Lancer Deluxe is scarcely believable because of the series of numbers on the dash of this relic - 16,418. If you haven't guessed yet, that's the mileage of this pristine blue sedan, making it one of the lowest mileage first generation Lancers anywhere on the planet.

  • Ford Ranger XLT

    All pickup trucks in Bangladesh are work trucks. Few people look beyond the load carrying capacity and see the pointlessly cool allure of a pickup truck. The Ranger isn't your typical work truck. Padded interiors, plenty of buttons to answer all your comfort needs and a stylised look fit for posing with the sun behind your back. It's that kind of truck: for work and for plenty of play.


    Off-roading in Dhaka may not seem all that special considering every person out there has driven across Malibagh in a car designed for road use. When you do it properly though, or at least find a place to go off-roading properly, it can be quite the experience. We find out what it's like with a Land Rover Defender 110.

  • Lancer Evo & Impreza owners' meet

    The first meet in Bangladesh among arch rivals from Mitsubishi and Subaru

  • Actually, the 90’s was the greatest decade for cars

    My love for cars is probably genetic. My father has a thing for simple old American cars with loads of torque: 70's cars basically. Part of his experience involved a 66 Ford Falcon that never ever stuttered or broke down while his later series of Mazdas, Datsuns and Toyotas often did. He would likely agree that the 70's was great for motoring. Except, it wasn't.

  • The 70's was the greatest decade for the world of automobiles

    On the eve of my 12th birthday, my mom begrudgingly bought me a copy of Led Zeppelin IV

  • Our automotive predictions for 2017

    This week, we look into the automotive crystal ball and state our predictions for the year ahead.

  • Political correctness and the changing face of the auto industry

    Political correctness is changing the auto industry in ways that may not be clearly evident at first - but it definitely is. How is it politically correct to own certain cars, and why are some people put on the cross for owning others?

  • Horsepower Dreams - HKS

    Mr. Hasegawa was a bright-eyed engineer at Yamaha in the early 1970s when he decided to follow his dream of building race cars and engines at his own company. He established HKS in 1973 along with partner Goichi Kitagawa and chief sponsor Sigma Automotive, going on to have a lasting impact in the world of tuning. He passed away last week at the age of 71.

  • 8 great 2016 cars for Bangladesh...that we don't get

    Forget the boring old Allions and Premios. Here's 8 great 2016 cars for Bangladesh...that we don't get. But we could.

  • 9 scariest cars to drive of all time

    Cars were meant to transport you from A to B in one piece preferably. These 9 cars prefer to do so in pieces or on fire or upside down. Sometimes, all three.

  • Supercar showdown

    Supercar showdown

  • 6 days, 6 Toyota hybrids and some burnt tyres

    Early September this year, Toyota invited us over to Japan's Fuji Speedway to understand and sample a range of their hybrid vehicles. They wanted us to know how serious they are about saving the world through continual tweaks. Here are six very different cars for possibly very different sets of people. And it rained. Question is, did I learn anything?

  • Toyota the eco warrior

    The future isn't about flying cars and women with bionic implants posing against glistening landscapes. It is about intelligent cars and buildings that literally eat away at pollution. While the former looks cool, the reality is about developing a robust, sustainable process that supports our fragile ecosystem. I headed to Japan on a tour of Toyota's battery, hybrid-vehicle manufacturing and testing plants to see what all the hubbub is about.

  • An Autonomous Future

    With tech companies trying to make the jump into the auto industry, we look at Google's attempts at shaping the future of automobiles - mainly be removing the need for drivers.