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Face-off

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Hatch-mania: The best hatchbacks on sale in Bangladesh

Hatch-mania: The best hatchbacks on sale in Bangladesh

Hatchbacks are easy to park, drive, and maintain. They should be at the forefront of prospective car owner's minds, and we have no idea why more people aren't going for a practical run-about instead of SUVs and large sedans. The fuel efficiency and the hatchback lifestyle choice are great as well. Suzuki Alto The...

Test Drive

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Little Italian: 2013 Alfa Romeo MiTo

Little Italian: 2013 Alfa Romeo MiTo

Alfa Romeos are the automotive equivalent of the leggy Italian supermodel: expensive to maintain, demanding constant attention and sentimental and moody when wronged. With some of the most beautiful cars ever made in an impressive narration through its history, Alfa was never financially stable, sales success marred by a downward spiral of build...

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Shift Zone

Hatchbacks are the way to go for fun-filled, zippy city driving. Fuel economy and practicality are given, but the fun factor can be overlooked for these small econo-boxes in most cases. This week, we bring you a list of the most fun and practical hatchbacks on sale in Bangladesh. Alongside, we have the test drive of the drop dead gorgeous Alfa Romeo MiTo, which oozes with style and Italian heritage, as well as delivering on the performance front. Shaer Reaz–Sub-editor,...

Shift Garage

Published Date: January 28, 2015
Fire Extinguishers Pricing

Fire Extinguishers Pricing

Amidst all the political violence in the country with petrol bombs and incendiary projectiles, wouldn't you feel safer with a fire extinguisher close at hand? Type: ABC chemical  (for flammable gas, flammable liquids and electrical wires)

Published Date: January 21, 2015
Scootycity

Scootycity

Scooters used to be cool. Italian streetside cafés, leggy women in summer dresses, and hipsters in tights  riding effortlessly cool and colourful scooters. What's not to like? Modern variants of the original scooter concept (scooty) have been reduced over the years to something only women are deemed fit to use. Breaking free of...

Project Cars

Published Date: January 21, 2015
Matte demon 1998 Honda Accord Torneo

Matte demon 1998 Honda Accord Torneo

  The Honda Accord Torneo, at the time of writing this feature story, is a new entry in the list of cars I really, really want to own. The matte-black example you see here belongs to Saidi Hossain, and if it means sneaking into his garage and breaking a side window to get in,...

Press Release

Published Date: January 21, 2015
Navana at DITF 2015

Navana at DITF 2015

Navana Limited displayed their six new models at Premier Pavilion 40 at the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2015. They have also brought a brand new car, the Toyota Vios. They are offering special discounts on the following models: · Avanza 1.3L [7seat, dual AC, High Ground Clearance] – Original price 26.75 lakh, discounted price:...

Press Release

Published Date: January 21, 2015
BTI and AG Automobiles partner up

BTI and AG Automobiles partner up

Ashique Un Nabi, Executive Director, Marketing& SBUs, Building Technology and Ideas Ltd. signs an agreement with Yousuf Aman, Director, Operations AG Automobiles Limited. Since its inception in 1984, building technology and ideas limited has been one of the pioneer real estate companies in the country. AG Automobiles Ltd. (AG Auto) started in August...

Published Date: January 21, 2015
Shift Zone

Scooters are cool. They shouldn't be attributed to women finding efficient and relatively safe means of transport, because no matter what gender or social status, scootys offer practicality, frugality and funky style. To get your four wheeled fix, check out the surprisingly fast Accord Torneo. Enjoy. Shaer Reaz–Sub-editor, Shift

Published Date: January 14, 2015
The First Buy

The First Buy

It's the beginning of the year, and corporate executives all over Dhaka are considering the ways of spending their year-end bonuses, or at least what is left over from all of the barbecues and buying gifts for weddings. Entry level executives aspire to own larger sedans than ordinary, but abilities to afford usually...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
2015 Dakar Rally updates

2015 Dakar Rally updates

The original Paris-Dakar rally raid event ran from France to Senegal. Since 2009, however, the grueling off road endurance event moved to South America, running from Argentina to Chile. Teams of hundreds of people compete against each other in the worst conditions and over all kinds of terrain, on two wheels and four,...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
All Around Facebook

All Around Facebook

The Shift Facebook page was filled with American metal this week. Our car spotter Shadman snapped a pic of Lincoln’s behemoth gas guzzler, the Navigator, while a routine stop at Car Haat had our photographer Rahin rolling around on the dirt in laughter because of what we saw there: a 2006 Cadillac CTS,...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
Shift Zone

The new year, 15 days in, looks promising for the automotive market in Bangladesh. With a host of new models being released worldwide and a few reaching our shores in the subsequent ripple effect, we can only move forward now. This week, we deal with a question that is on the minds of a lot of people, especially those with new positions and a heavier bonus at the end of last year. When the time comes to upgrade to...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: January 14, 2015
Know Your Reserve Switch

Know Your Reserve Switch

Almost all the sub-155cc bikes in Bangladesh are carbureted. Some new fuel injected ones are coming in though. In most cases the bike has a fuel petcock valve. Usually these have three positions: ON, OFF, and RES. What it does: It controls fuel flow from the tank to the engine. Why bother with it? If...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
What the colour of your car says about you

What the colour of your car says about you

The next time you buy a car, you might want to pause a while longer to decide what colour you choose. Top automakers throw millions of dollars at researching what the latest tastes are, and say the colour of a vehicle is so important to customers that it can be the difference between buying...

Project Cars

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Red Hot: 1993 Honda Civic EH

Red Hot: 1993 Honda Civic EH

The Honda customisation scene worldwide has two major areas of inspiration: the Osaka kanjo racer crowd, the height of the JDM street racing scene, and the Californian import tuning culture, which was inspired by the JDM way of doing things, evolving over the years and encompassing many different phases. Elsewhere, in Thailand, Malaysia...

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Highlights From Sema 2014

Highlights From Sema 2014

SEMA is the automotive equivalent of the AVN Awards. Oiled up objects, sweaty people walking around, body enhancements and droolworthy things on display. You'd expected an automotive show held in Las Vegas to be over the top, and it truly is.       Liberty Walk Aventador: nutter in baby blue, signature Liberty Walk stuff.     SEMA...

Published Date: January 7, 2015
The Most “japanese” Japanese Cars

The Most “japanese” Japanese Cars

We all know the automotive stereotypes in place today. German cars are expensive and tech-laden, the Americans think they can make cars whereas the reality is they are quite terrible at it, and the Italians build cars with “soul” and “passion”, yet they fall apart more frequently than an epilepsy patient at a...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Keep your distance

Keep your distance

Riding a motorbike in a crowded city is difficult on its own, but add the winter riding effect to it and it turns into a hefty challenge for any rider. The winter chill forces most bikers to opt for scarves, hoodies and windbreakers to protect their faces from suffering a cold blast to the face and other bodily parts. Chances are, if you aren't careful, a sudden blast of cold air might whip up your scarf and block your vision, putting you in danger. The idea is to be ready at all times, always covering your brakes so that you are somewhat prepared. If your line of sight is compromised...

Published Date: January 7, 2015
Shift Zone

The Honda Civic. Ever the choice of customisation for a huge number of people in the tuning scene worldwide, the Civic is well-represented even in Bangladesh. Quality builds are not as few and far between as before, and we largely have the internet to thank for that. Seeing the East and the West come up with new styles faster than anyone can keep track of, gives us a variety of builds to take inspiration from. Saad Mujtaba's Civic is...

Published Date: December 31, 2014
2014 Automotive Tech In Review

2014 Automotive Tech In Review

2014 saw the battle of two giants, McLaren with the astonishing P1 (seen below) and Ferrari with its gorgeous, KERS equippedLaFerrari. The significant step forward for both hypercarslie in the sheer amount of tech crammed into them, from a hybrid powertrain which harnesses the power of electricity to give the power figures a...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: December 31, 2014
Fog Survival

Fog Survival

Fog in Bangladesh is a sudden, freaky occurrence. It gets terrifying just outside the cities because everybody else uses the road like a game. And there are goats wandering the streets as if they are in a mid-life crisis. The most important tips of riding in fog or any low visibility conditions: see and...

Published Date: December 31, 2014
All Around Facebook

All Around Facebook

The automotive-related buzz on social media this week focused on a red Nissan R35 GTR that is apparently rotting away in a port somewhere in Bangladesh. Some are claiming the spotted GTR is in India, not here, while others are saying the opposite. We'd like to know more, so let us know if...

Published Date: December 31, 2014
Shift Zone

A New Year is a starting point for many. We introspect. What are we starting again? Life apparently. A New Year is like a lap in a long, long race. Some laps are quick, others get stuck mid way in a gravel pit. but people do wheel-spin their way out of gravel pits. For Shift, the podium finish is a never ending race. And it's one filled with hope. We hope to see fewer crashes tonight. And we hope to...

Published Date: December 31, 2014
Concept Watch

Concept Watch

The Mercedes Vision G-Code is the newest entry in their “Vision” series of concepts, and outlines what a possible Sports Utility Coupe (SUC) could look like in the near future. We're not too sure about the pink in the grille.

Published Date: December 24, 2014
Four door fun in 2015

Four door fun in 2015

  The sporty sedan: 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Why its awesome: It has long been a (personal) opinion of mine that the Americans simply do not know how to build well-rounded, superbly engineered cars. The CTS-V has proven detractors wrong time and again, with a mountain of power and refinement on par with the European super...

Test Ride

Published Date: December 24, 2014
The Chinese Stalwart: 2014 Haojue Cool 150cc

The Chinese Stalwart: 2014 Haojue Cool 150cc

Bikes offering better mileage and ride comfort are practical for people who spend hours commuting to work negotiating Dhaka traffic everyday. Lower handlebars may have more style but after hours of slouching, you will inevitably end up at the physiotherapist's, draining your wallet to fix the aching lower back. The Haojue Cool 150...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: December 24, 2014
Pianos, engines and motorbikes

Pianos, engines and motorbikes

Did you know? Yamaha wasn't and even isn't always a motorcycle manufacturer. Yamaha began life in 1887 as a piano manufacturer but today is a multi-national conglomerate that also produces musical instruments. It designs and builds engines for boats, cars and RVs. The 90s Corvette ZR1 had an amazing-for-the-time engine with its cylinder deactivation...

Published Date: December 24, 2014
All Around Facebook

All Around Facebook

This week, our official car-spotter Shadman spied a classic Mercedes Benz W126 S class. The aftermarket rims put off some people, but overall, the reaction to a clean and well-maintained piece of German automotive history was on the positive side. Shadman also took a snap of the latest vehicle acquisition by the Bangladesh Army: the Dongfeng Brave Soldier. As you can clearly see, it's an almost carbon copy of the Hummer, which was retired from the US military recently. With several variants with a wide range of tactical usage, the new Dongfengs should prove to be a significant addition to the Army's military arsenal. We've also launched a citizen journalism campaign...

Published Date: December 24, 2014
Shift Zone

As you will see this week, we've started reviewing motorbikes on Shift. Motorbikes are the major means of transport in Bangladesh, and with bike users numbering close to a million, it is a significant market, both on the user and seller ends. With Shift, you'll get reviews of a range of motorbikes, from entry level small displacement ones to the cool, beefy bikes favoured by the younger crowd. Stay tuned for more two-wheeled action in the coming months. - Shaer...

Project Cars

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Bug eye Beauty: 1995 St202 Toyota Celica

Bug eye Beauty: 1995 St202 Toyota Celica

The Celica is, despite the immense popularity of Toyota's venerable Supra, is one of the best selling sports cars from the Japanese giant. The fact that first generation Supra was called the Supra-Celica and was based on the Celica platform itself should tell you how important the Celica name is. Undergoing a permanent shift...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Beasts with humble beginings

Beasts with humble beginings

Rally cars are notoriously powerful speed machines with the ability to go as blisteringly fast around corners as they are able to accelerate in a straight line. More often than not, these insane beasts are based off mundane production cars or entry level sports cars, and that just makes them more mental. This...

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Published Date: December 17, 2014
Chained up

Chained up

Chains are not made for life. Over time they will stretch no matter how well they are cared for. Many of us remove the safety cover on our bike chains because those covers look cumbersome. The danger of removing that chain cover is that a rider wearing a sari or 'lungi' can get...

Shift Garage

Published Date: December 17, 2014
DIY scuff mark removal

DIY scuff mark removal

What do you do when that rickshaw tyre or another car's bumper lightly grazes your paintjob and leaves a scuff mark? There's a household DIY to resolve the issue; it's quick, simple and moderately effective without harming paint. Toothpaste will not only provide you a happy, sparkly smile but also clean up your...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Shift Zone

Back in the 80's, tuning meant at most chopping off the roof to make a humdrum family sedan look like a sportscar. Those were scary, twisty times when cars died at the hands of shade tree mechanics trying to fabricate cool. Times have changed a bit. We now have knowledge, skills and Google. Tuning culture is no longer adding extra lights and chrome plastic bits. The latter is still considered the defacto trick for many. But real tuning, that of...

Test Drive

Published Date: December 10, 2014
Gen-X 2014 Hyundai Xcent

Gen-X 2014 Hyundai Xcent

  Two words to sum up this car: genuinely surprising. Does Hyundai have the competitive zing that they need to root itself into the Bangladeshi market with the sub-compact 2014 Xcent? The car is fairly cut and dry. The mini-sedan concept is really taking the car scene by storm, especially in the South Asian countries...

Published Date: December 10, 2014
Iran's automotive market

Iran's automotive market

When you think of emerging automotive markets, most people automatically think of China or India. There's a new contender in the ring, however, as a lifting of sanctions might soon grant Iran the same amount of attention as India and China as far as investments in the automotive manufacturing sector goes. The country of...

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Published Date: December 10, 2014
Stay in charge: Battery maintenance

Stay in charge: Battery maintenance

Batteries begin dying the moment you start using them. They will die faster if you don't take proper care. One sure-fire way to kill batteries is to let the electrolyte solution get too low. That would be the liquidy stuff inside.  Low electrolyte exposes the internal plates which then suffer from reduced charge-holding...

Shift Garage

Published Date: December 10, 2014
Bird attacks Saving your car's paint from bird poop

Bird attacks Saving your car's paint from bird poop

Bird poop on your car paint is as big a deal as running out of water in the toilet. It's fundamentally evil, yet, in both cases, you don't really understand the impact till after the incident has passed. Bird poop on paint leaves marks as it dries. Some say it is the uric acid that etches marks while others say it is the warm paint that cools around the spattered droppings. Either way, the blemish is nasty. It's nastier for darker colors because those reflect the marks more prominently. What to do? The simplest is to grab hold of specific cleaners to tackle the problem. But we never have specific cleaners...

Published Date: December 10, 2014
Shift Zone

The rise of the Koreans has been foretold for a while now. The climb of Korean car makers like Hyundai and KIA continue to defy detractors and are making things tougher for the rest of the world. Soon, it will be China’s turn, followed by India, and, in a surprise twist no one expected, maybe even Iran. Strange world, no? This week we review the Hyundai Xcent, a surprising, quirky and zippy little car. --Shaer Reaz, Sub-editor, Shift

Project Cars

Published Date: December 3, 2014
Chasing Perfection: 1998 Toyota Chaser JZX100

Chasing Perfection: 1998 Toyota Chaser JZX100

This is it. This Chaser, the man behind it’s wheel, the engine under the hood. Those smooth, handsome lines. This is the reason I absolutely love what I do, sacrificing weekends, sleep, and social life. Project cars like these are few and far between, an orchestra of just the right parts and platform...

Shift Garage

Published Date: December 3, 2014
Bolts and nuttery

Bolts and nuttery

Wheel lug nuts are like bass guitarists: very important but usually overlooked. They hold wheels in place. That's as important a job as the guy who cleans nuclear station switches without pressing any buttons. But there's a trick to tightening lug nuts. You'll see in the images that the common thing is to follow a bit of a diagonal pattern. Reason: this helps seat the rim onto the hub properly. Also, don't completely tighten the nuts as you move from one to the next. Follow the patterns gradually to tighten them all. This should be a helpful guide to keep your nuts tight and in place.   How to wax your shiny...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: December 3, 2014
Fatal statistics: Helmets fight death

Fatal statistics: Helmets fight death

Motorcycles are often faster and quicker but less stable than cars. THey are a lot of fun, a true representation of the term 'crotch rocket'. And like the word rocket, it is just as dangerous. Without the enclosed, energy absorbing protection as offered by a car, bike riders are more at risk of...

Published Date: December 3, 2014
Shift Zone

It's difficult to come across the right parts when customizing or maintaining your car in Bangladesh. Forget the right tuning parts, if you're able to find a good pair of factory specification shock absorbers that have not been tampered with in every way possible, you're a very lucky person. That makes customization a problem, because if you must change the engineering with which a car comes into your hands, it makes sense that you'd only go for tried and...

Test Drive

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Executive planet-saving: 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Executive planet-saving: 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

It was black on the outside but green at heart. Following a growing demand for more environmentally friendly, low emission, low carbon-footprint and complemented with a-lot-of-other-vegan-words comes the brand new Toyota Camry. And as you've probably already guessed, yes, it is a hybrid. I'll be honest. I was altogether very excited about this...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Shift Zone

The government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh doesn't want you to buy hybrid cars, as implied in the last national budget where the import tax levied on hybrid cars rose, accompanied by a ridiculous justification from our finance minister. At the same time, the government wants more tax revenue off what little hybrid cars are sold, which is kind of a direct contradiction to the government's pledge of tackling climate change. You can't argue with the fossils in...

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Published Date: November 26, 2014
Biker tips: Safety importance of grab handles

Biker tips: Safety importance of grab handles

A motorcycle is a complex, top-heavy device always trying to succumb to gravity. A passenger on a two-wheeler further raises the odds in gravity's favour. An uncomfortable, twitchy passenger ensures gravity helps you all the way to the hospital bed. A grab rail or handle at the back of a bike helps a passenger...

Shift Garage

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Shuddering brakes

One of our readers sent in this problem: “My car starts to vibrate every time I try to stop. The steering shudders a little. I put in new brake pads and shoes. Slight change but back to normal vibration after a few days.” – Sami Ahmed. Car: 1998 Toyota Starlet Reflet Other than the slight massage action on your wrists while holding on to the vibrating steering wheel, there are no plus points to this. If your steering (sometimes also brake...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Guangzhou Auto Show highlights

Guangzhou Auto Show highlights

Ferrari 458 Speciale A – The brilliant The 458 has been around for a while, although it may not feel like it. As with all the modern “entry” level Ferraris, the life cycle of each one follows something like this: hardtop basic, roadster basic, hardtop warm version, roadster warm version, super-hyper hot version, and...

Project Cars

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Square cut: 1992 Honda Integra DA8

Square cut: 1992 Honda Integra DA8

As far as cool looking sedans from the close of the 1980s go, you actually cant go wrong with a Honda. Family sedans with a dash of sporting genes and handsome, square chiseled faces, Honda Accords, Integras and even the Civic was the rage at the time. The Integra, placed between the Civic...

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Published Date: November 19, 2014
Biker tips: Chain maintenance

Biker tips: Chain maintenance

Lubrication is key to keeping things smooth. This applies to a lot of things in life, more so if you're talking about motorbike chains. Most bikes that we're used to seeing in Bangladesh are the potatoes of the bike family: common, low-powered, safe. They come with chain covers to protect from dirt and...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Furiously fast

Furiously fast

Fans of Fast Furious are complaining that the recent cars featured in the iconic franchise do not reflect the street racing, import tuner scene roots it started with. There is some truth to it, and as we approach what could be the final movie in the series, we take a look at the...

Shift Garage

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Car trouble: Car AC dies during winter

Car trouble: Car AC dies during winter

One of our readers sent in this problem: “My AC was working fine till summer started. I didn't use it throughout winter and I was also away for a few months. I came back in April and when I used the AC, it wouldn't blow cold air anymore. While I was away, the...

Published Date: November 19, 2014
Shift Zone

We love old Hondas. Having owned one myself (CB series Accord), I know the charm and years-ahead of it’s time tech that came with most Hondas of the period. If there is one Honda that is well represented in Dhaka from that era, it’s the DA Integra. Which is why it’s a special kind of joy for us to see one customized so cleanly. Enjoy.   --Shaer Reaz, Sub-editor, Shift.

Published Date: November 12, 2014
The best-looking cars today

The best-looking cars today

Alfa Romeo 4C Undoubtedly the best looking car on sale today, and a contender for the best looking car ever. Disagree if you will, but the Alfa Romeo 4C injects every last drop of “Alfa-ness” and sports car DNA that the Italian marque could muster up. The tiny younger brother to the 8C has...

Published Date: November 12, 2014
Shift Zone

Beauty is a matter of perception. How the beauty of an object is judged can vary to so great a degree, it is sometimes a wonder people agree on something, at least. This week on Shift, we bring you (after many disagreements with co-workers) the list of the best looking cars on sale today, minus the Jaguar F-type, in no particular order. Why leave out the Jag? Because people compare it with the E-type, and that is blasphemy. Sit...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: November 12, 2014
Tyre Valve: Hidden leaky culprit

Tyre Valve: Hidden leaky culprit

Modern tyres are not just blocks of round rubber to help you go round and round. They provide all kinds of support such as stopping in time and cushioning against bumps and, well, that's about it. All that cushioning doesn't work though, when there's low air pressure. We talked about how too much...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Tuned Evil

Tuned Evil

Every once in a while, a tuning company creates something so utterly mad and evil, gearheads remember them for a while. While it's quite difficult to dress up as a car, Halloween costume ideas are supposed to be unique, and how much more unique can you get besides strapping on a huge spoiler...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Stop, or crash: Brake maintenance

Stop, or crash: Brake maintenance

What's more important than having plenty of BHP and the right kind of sunglasses while riding your two-wheeler? Brakes, that's what. Modern motorbikes and scooters now mostly come with disc brakes, up front at least. These are more effective at stopping and easier to maintain. But they DO require regular maintenance which is...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Shift Zone

Halloween might not be celebrated with the same level of enthusiasm it garners in the West, but there are people who still try. To these people, we dedicate this issue of Shift. If you're searching for innovative costume ideas which break the endless cycle of people dressing up as The Joker, try going as a creepy car this time around. Cardboard boxes, paint, paint brush, and limitless imagination is all you need. Happy hunting.   --Shaer Reaz, Sub-editor, Shift.