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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.

Halloween special

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Horror on wheels: Pop-culture icons that terrify

Horror on wheels: Pop-culture icons that terrify

We've covered evil tuner cars, and to keep the Halloween theme going, here's our list of the scariest appearances of four wheeled horrors in popular culture.       Stephen King's Christine No one does American style horror better than Stephen King, and his most iconic creation yet is a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural spirits, a...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Formula One: Build-up to the finale

Formula One: Build-up to the finale

The 2014 F1 World Championship has been a heated battle between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.  The ferocity of the rivalry between the two has been compared to the legendary duels between Senna and Prost.  The Mercedes F1W05 Hybrid has been utterly dominant in terms of engine power and even the...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Import tuner evolution

Import tuner evolution

The late 80's, California. It was a turning point in counter-culture revolutions, as the last of the anti-war flower power hippies died out, to be replaced by skateboarders, grunge and heavy metal enthusiasts, and street racing. The Valley, geographically significant as the waste run-off of Hollywood, was teeming with these new counter-culture phenomena. Cars...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Wing mirrors: vital equipment

Most people think it's easy to ride a motorbike if you know how to ride a bicycle. While the basic concept of balancing on two wheels is a common link between riding a bicycle and a motorcycle, the differences stop there with respect to how you ride a motorbike. Motorbikes are heavy, and modern bikes weigh quite a bit, and aren't as easily maneuverable as bicycles. Which is why rear-view mirrors are not included on a bicycle. Modern bike owners are...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Shift Zone

Formula One has a huge fan following in Bangladesh, and with reason. Instantly recognizable as a motorsport discipline, it is difficult for the majority of Bangladeshi gearheads to follow any other form of motor racing. This week, we bring you a recap of the last two grand prix races as F1 builds to a closure of this season. Mercedes AMG F1 were crowned the 2014 F1 Constructors champions, and we congratulate them on a well deserved victory. Up next,...

Garage Collections

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Grand Tourer: 2010 BMW 3 Series Coupe

Grand Tourer: 2010 BMW 3 Series Coupe

It's a rare sight to see a thoroughbred German coupe in Dhaka, but it is the rarity that pushes people to purchase these semi-exotics in most cases. While our feature car today is not the M3, the top dog sports coupe from BMW's stable of high end machinery, it still comes close. The...

Test Drive

Published Date: October 15, 2014
The sensible choice: 2011 Mazda Axela hatch

The sensible choice: 2011 Mazda Axela hatch

`This is the second time we're writing about the second generation Mazda Axela because we liked it that much the last time, which wasn't very long ago. We're now testing it in the form of a hatchback, a 2011 1.5 liter model equipped with sporty 5 spoke 17 inch wheels and an eye...

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Shift Zone

We all dream of owning a piece of exotica someday. Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches. When you’re in Bangladesh, though, owning a piece of exotica becomes exponentially expensive, and you have to settle for a little less. Not that the “little less” we feature today is anything to scoff at. The outgoing 3 series is a gorgeous car, and in coupe form, even so. For a dash of sensible motoring, we also have a review of the Mazda Axela hatchback.  - Shaer...

Haojue Biker Tips

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Tyre pressure: Too much or too little?

Tyre pressure: Too much or too little?

The easiest and cheapest way to improve the handling and performance of a bike (and car) is to make sure tyres are properly inflated. So what's improper inflation?  Under-inflation is when there is less than enough air. The tyre wall becomes weak and flabby. It is prone to buckling and can even come off...

PROJECT CARS

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Too much is enough: Tuned Toyota Corolla Axio NZE 141

Too much is enough: Tuned Toyota Corolla Axio NZE 141

The Toyota Corolla Axio is a good car. It's good in the same way a tomato is good for you. A tomato isn't offensive to look at, has the right kind of stuff that is good for health and everyone can have one. That's an Axio. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it exciting. Then there...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Toyota's front wheel greats

Toyota's front wheel greats

Front Wheel Drivetrains were developed to make it cheaper to build cars. As FWD technology was refined and efficiency rose, hot new FWD vehicles started appearing, led by the charge of European hot hatches. The Japanese took it as their mantra, and over the course of the 90s, embraced FWD as the cash...

Sponsored content: Haojeu Bike Corner

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Motorcycle pre-ride checklist

Motorcycle pre-ride checklist

Riding motorbikes can be unsafe, but there are ways to minimize the risk. Following this checklist will also ensure you wont have to suffer the humiliation of walking your bike home, while people on the road yell “How much?!” after you (it IS Qurbani eid, after all). 1) Check your tyres for leaks, foreign...

Published Date: October 1, 2014
Shift Zone

Shift Zone

Eid is cows is eid. That's what we primarily think of when it comes to this particular eid. And goats as well. All this mixed with chili, turmeric, salt, twenty other spices and cooked in oil. Eid is also about antacids. All the assorted cattle need to be transported individually after being selected...

  

Test Drive

Published Date: September 24, 2014
Hype Machine: 2014 KIA Sportage

Hype Machine: 2014 KIA Sportage

Today we bring you a highly acclaimed compact crossover, the KIA Sportage. 'Spor-ta-ge' or 'sport-age', however you pronounce it, is a rakish and athletic looking cross over which won't cost you a queen's ransom. The Sportage looks long and wide- a look particularly appealing to most car buyers out there. After the changes...

Published Date: September 24, 2014
Shift Zone

What's the most ideal vehicle for our roads? First consider our roads. They are usually pointlessly narrow. So bikes would be good? No. How about a small hatchback called Platzypus? Small cars would be a smart move but then everyone would have one, and they would all drive into potholes the size of houses. Last time I was in Gulshan, it felt like the entire neighbourhood was one big pothole. I still can't find my friend who drove into...

Published Date: September 24, 2014
Haojue Bikes now in Bangladesh

Haojue motorbikes are now available in Bangladesh. Manufactured by Haojue Holdings, the motorcycle producer is the biggest partner of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation. Haojue produces both Haojue and Suzuki brands, and their products are sold in 70 countries, including Japan. Haojue Bikes have been in number one position in production and sales for last 12 years in China, and ranks first in customer satisfaction, cost, brand image, product reliability and service. Haojue Cool has a 150cc single cylinder, air-cooled engine which...

Published Date: September 24, 2014
Yamaha's electrics

Yamaha's electrics

While the car world is upping its game at environment friendly vehicles, the two wheeler world isn't far behind. Yamaha, the giant in the motor-bike world, is getting ready to bring the PES1 and PED1 to production. The Japanese manufacturer says the pared back, incredibly cool looking two wheelers will reach the masses by...

Project Cars

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Little RED monster: 1998 Toyota Levin XZ

Little RED monster: 1998 Toyota Levin XZ

I'll admit. I have a soft spot. I love red shiny cars. But then again, who doesn't? Sure it's no fire-breathing Ferrari, but it is one of the finest cars to roll off the Toyota factories. Us folk here at Shift love our Levins. We previously featured the Ae91 Levin GT, and today's...

Test Drive

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Fun family values

Fun family values

We at Shift love our wagons, even in the case of a mere Corolla. As you may already know from the staggering numbers of these on the road, this is the Corolla Fielder i.e. the Axio in wagon form. The two cars are similarly priced with a slight premium on the Fielder's tag,...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Shift Zone

Corollas. Families love them, dads love them even more because they make a smaller dent on the wallet over the years. When it comes to hot cars, most people wouldn't think “Corolla”. To prove them wrong, we bring you a hot, enthusiast bred Corolla Levin, as well as a 1.8 Axio station wagon, which can go as fast as it can swallow up your family's grocery shopping; both of them in sporting red, one of which you can buy...

Test Drive

Published Date: September 10, 2014
Microwonder 2014 Tata Nano Twist

Microwonder 2014 Tata Nano Twist

The Tata Nano is a novelty in our choked city streets. It looks unlike anything else rolling on four wheels. Stop at a pump and people crowd the car to ask questions. Kids point with a smile as it passes by. It’s the most anthropomorphic car out there. It has a front design...

Project Cars

Published Date: September 10, 2014
Fuel and fire 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

Fuel and fire 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

The ownership experience of a car takes many forms, usually restricted to mundane school and office run activities in Bangladesh. With a rapidly increasing number of makes and models available to the general public in the brand new and reconditioned markets, there is an increasing demand for advanced automotive repair and proper tuning...

Shift Garage

Published Date: September 10, 2014
How to avoid buying tyres too old

How to avoid buying tyres too old

The older a tyre gets the less effective it is at gripping the road. There comes a time when rubber wants to change identities with plastic. Time for some slippery fun, no? Not when you slip and slide into a tree.  Tyres are made from rubber that starts to lose its soft grippy-ness due...

Published Date: September 10, 2014
Shift Zone

Personal transport is a thing of dreams and aspirations for the majority of people in this country.  Our neighbours in India are slowly growing out of motorbikes, with more and more families saving up for years to reach a magic figure which lets them purchase their own car and upgrade from a motorbike. And now, we can own the car that has been championing cheap personal motoring for the masses in India. The Nano is here. -Shaer Reaz, Sub-editor, Shift. ...

Test Drive

Published Date: September 3, 2014
The wallet friendly SUV: 2014 Ford Eco Sport

The wallet friendly SUV: 2014 Ford Eco Sport

Is it a mini SUV or a station wagon on steroids? Both actually. It's the perfect little urban car. You get the lofty driving position of an SUV. It allows you to see over hundreds of rickshaw tops in front, to spot the fight going on at the end of the traffic jam where...

Published Date: September 3, 2014
Shift Zone

“There’s no replacement for displacement” -  or so the saying used to go. Once upon a time, for more go, you needed bigger engines; bigger engines meant louder bragging rights. The times have changed. Bigger displacement now means either your car stays at home or you become a frequent club member of all the fuel stations. Luckily, the small stuff is now only small in dimension. Car designers have finally hit upon the magic formula of small engine, maximum...

Shift Garage

Published Date: September 3, 2014
Brake failure signs & solutions

Brake failure signs & solutions

  We love to upgrade our cars. Some of us do it by adding stickers and sparkly lights, others do it by tweaking the performance. Some may argue that way too many stickers make a car just as fast. It's being hotly debated in our canteen right now. But being fast is a secondary...

Published Date: September 3, 2014
The Ultimate City Slinger

The present world is mad about small, efficient, zippy city cars. We'd all like to tell ourselves we love city cars because they are environmentally friendly without being overly pretentious and that they are ideal for use on city streets where you'd actually think of sharing roadspace with other people. However, truth is, city cars hurt our wallet less in every way than bigger, more luxurious cars. While under the influence of cheapness, things can go a bit awry. So,...

Test Drive

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Locally Bred 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Locally Bred 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

You've seen these before. You've seen them a lot. Their numbers grow at alarming rates; they're everywhere! Ever since Mitsubishi released them these sold like hot bread. The government especially,couldn't get enough of them. There's a perfectly good explanation for that too. They're made right here at home. Before you sneer with criticism, let...

Press Release

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Great Wall Motor's 2.0VGT Diesel Engine

Great Wall Motor's 2.0VGT Diesel Engine

The Great Wall Motor Company Limited recently held the off-line launching ceremony of the GW4D20 diesel engine, which is a major breakthrough for the Great Wall company on the low-emission and high-power engines front. The GW4D20 diesel engine is a 2-liter and high-capacity diesel engine independently researched and developed by Great Wall Motors. The...

Press Release

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Shell Eco Marathon Hopefuls from Bangladesh

Shell Eco Marathon Hopefuls from Bangladesh

Every year, petroleum giant Shell hosts an eco-car competition open to engineering universities and enthusiastic students, titled “Shell Eco Marathon”. Taking place in the Philippines, the competition focuses on eco-friendly urban transportation ideas, asking entrants to innovate and realize their ideas for the future. While innovation in the automotive sector is quite limited here...

Shift Garage

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Wax on, wax off: Keep your car shiny

Wax on, wax off: Keep your car shiny

Car paint, especially modern clear coat types, are so tough they last indefinitely. But they do need the occasional tender loving care to shine. All you need to keep your paintjob shiny and sharp is the right kind of wax protection. What to do? Considering this is rainy season here in Bangladesh, and the rain...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Shift Zone

Shift Zone

Owning a car in Bangladesh is either out of necessity or out of desire. You can't fully appreciate the necessity factor because once you use the car to go on errands, you face numerous problems. Did everybody decide to come out today and get stuck? If something is moving, why are the other vehicles trying to ram you consciously, unconsciously or otherwise? Bus drivers are required to be awake while driving. And if you ever manage to get to your destination, where to park? If you've parked successfully, where do you go to buy your side mirrors because someone has just stolen them? And those that love cars and...

Project Car

Published Date: August 20, 2014
JDM low roller: Toyota Corolla 100

JDM low roller: Toyota Corolla 100

Log onto any classifieds site and look for a particular car: the AE100 Corolla. One of the most successful models ever sold by Toyota, it offers exceptional resale value, associated with a parts availability which is still unmatched to this day, more than 20 years on. A Corolla 100 in good condition with an...

  

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Blood brother Toyota Corolla 90

Blood brother Toyota Corolla 90

Finding ways to improve on a recipe cooked almost 20 plus years ago is a bit difficult. When it comes to cars, and pseudo classics at that, its best to keep it simple, clean and classy. Shahid Arman may not own the most powerful or the most aggressive E90 Corolla in town, but...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Chery Automobiles

Chery Automobile co., ltd. was founded on January 1997 in China. The first car came off the production line in December 1999. At present Chery possesses an annual production capacity of 900,000 units of cars and engines, and 450,000 sets of transmission units. Currently there are 20 models of Chery passenger vehicles in the market. Chery has passed ISO9001, ISO/TS16949 of TUV & other international quality system certification. With the product development goals Chery believe safe, energy saving and...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Shift Zone

Everyone is upgrading to a newer model these days. Cars, too, although less frequently than phones or laptops, obviously. While we run reviews and test drives of brand new and reconditioned cars quite often to appease the car buying crowd, once in a while, we have to force our readers to look at blasts from the past. The two Corollas featured in today's issue are undoubtedly cool, and as an added benefit, they're both very good consumer options if...

Test Drive

Published Date: August 13, 2014
Mad Manga: 2013 Zeonic Toyota Char Auris

Mad Manga: 2013 Zeonic Toyota Char Auris

The brand new Toyota Corolla is facing a few problems in Bangladesh. Equipped with the 1.6 liter engine, Navana expected the newest Corolla to be prohibitively expensive before the budget was announced, but even though the new duty structure favours cars with 1500cc up engines, the new model is still pretty expensive. So where...

Comparo

Published Date: August 13, 2014
Toyota Yaris vs Honda City

Toyota Yaris vs Honda City

Compact sedans offering a similar footprint, interior space and running costs. Both are designed to be larger on the inside than they appear on the outside with ample rear legroom for the average Bangladeshi height. Both cars offer the similar amount of kit as standard: power windows, mirrors, steering, auto transmission, aircon. But there...

Published Date: August 13, 2014
Shift Zone

Shift Zone

The car craze has finally exploded but has nowhere to spill over in this overcrowded capital we call Dhaka. There has never been a bigger influx of different makes and models than now. Except we don't have the roads. But that's not stopping anyone fromn hitting the roads with every imaginable size, shape...

Published Date: August 13, 2014
New bicycles on the rack

New bicycles on the rack

Core Fixie (2014) Available Frames: Steel (54cm and 56cm) Brake: Promex Handle, Stem and Seatpost: UNO Tire: CST tires Road (700X23c) Pedal: Wellgo BB: Necosealed Headparts: Neco Price: TK 15,000/=         Upland Vanguard-300-29ER (2015) Size: 17.5 inch Fork: ST Suntour XCT-29ER-MLO 100 mm forks Front Derailleur: Shimano FD TX-50 Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD M-360 Tire: Kenda 29 X2.2 Brake set: Shimano hydraulic disc brake (24 speed) Shifters: SL-M310 Wheels: Upland 19A...

Garage Collections

Published Date: August 6, 2014
California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

I dislike American cars. To be more specific, I dislike the concept of the muscle car: massive engines producing largely inefficient power figures, massive proportions, and the inability to turn anything more than a gently sweeping corner. Engineering wise, muscle cars had very little innovation, in my opinion.     When my editor sent me...

Published Date: August 6, 2014
Galloping through the years

Galloping through the years

First generation (1964–1973) The original. A cult classic pony-car, immortalized through appearances in films, games, and everything in between. It revolutionized the cheap sports-car market in the US, and was an essential part of the American Dream in the 60's, and still fetches a hefty premium on classic car auctions. Second generation (1974–1978) The disappointment. After...

Shift Zone

Published Date: August 6, 2014
Gasoline Power

Gasoline Power

Bangladesh is all about alternative fuel. Compressed Natural Gas powers most of the four-wheeled mobility here, and we see its benefits: cheap cost and environmentally friendlier than octane. The car enthusiasts here religiously avoid CNG, and we get that as well. Which is why you need to let your hair down and partake in...

Published Date: August 6, 2014
New Car Updates

New Car Updates

2014 Toyota GT86 TRD Pack Toyota Racing Development, Toyota's in-house car tweaking division, have laid their magic touch on the new halo car for the small RWD sports car segment, the GT86. However, the performance figures remain the same as the standard car, most of the changes coming in the exterior department. Two unique...

Test Drive

Published Date: July 23, 2014
CRZoom: 2013 Honda CRZ

CRZoom: 2013 Honda CRZ

I was keen on getting the CRZ out for a review. But every planned outing saw huge downpours where my photographers were lost like wet sheep. And I wasn't planning to shoot this time, just drive. So what to do? Just pick a day and go out saving the planet with frugality while...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Gene play – X and Z

Gene play – X and Z

The retro styling bug bit the world sometime around the mid-2000s. Spurred on by the success of the Ford GT, a modern mimicry of the original, iconic GT40, the US led the charge of retro styled machines. Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, all played around with the romantic notion of bringing back the heyday of...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Small size, big brawn

Small size, big brawn

A modern Formula One engine produces 700+ hp from a 1.6 liter engine. When you think of the technology trickling down to road cars from motorsport, the concept of making big power from small displacement engines is probably one of the most significant. For the Americans, gone are the days of 6000cc V8s producing...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Dhaka Motorbike Show 2014

A four-day motorbike show will kick off in Dhaka in September to popularize two-wheelers among city dwellers, who suffer badly from terrible tailbacks on city roads. “The use of motorbikes will help ease the near-constant traffic gridlock on the city roads, while cost efficiency of the vehicles will attract more users. There is no alternative to motorbikes in Dhaka city as the vehicles are still considered a timesaver and a speedy mode of transport. The fair will also create awareness...

Test Drive

Published Date: July 16, 2014
Diesel X-citement: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive25d

Diesel X-citement: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive25d

Small displacement/high output is the in-thing for car makers all over the world. Lighter is better. Save the ozone layer and the sunglasses wearing polar bear all in one fell swoop. And technology has finally caught up with what we want – more horsepower from judicious sips of fuel. BMW has launched its latest...

Garage Collections

Published Date: July 16, 2014
Thug in a suit

Thug in a suit

When people are asked what fast four door Japanese sedan they would like to own, majority of them would answer with either a Lancer Evolution or a Subaru Impreza. Turbocharged, four wheel drive, and designed to go fast in a sedan body, there really isn't any other choice in that segment. There's another...

Garage Collections

Published Date: July 9, 2014
The Poor Man's Ferrari

The Poor Man's Ferrari

Think back to the last time Toyota released an affordable, mid-engined, turbocharged, rear wheel-drive sports car. In fact, think back to the last time any Japanese manufacturer attempted such a combination. Chances are, you'll end up in the early 2000s, the bath-tub shaped, slightly flowery roadster that was the MRS. While the MRS wasn't...

News

Published Date: July 9, 2014
Formula gEeek

Formula gEeek

What do you do when you love motorsport, but the environmentalist side of you keeps you in a constant state of upheaval about the pollution horror show that is an entire grid of high-revving, petrol burning V10 engines? Cry quietly in a corner hugging your potted cactus while “Justify my love” plays in...

Published Date: July 9, 2014
Wolff of Williams

Wolff of Williams

Okay so she's much prettier than Leo DiCaprio. And her suit is a racing overall and she does wear it much better than the Wolf of Wall Street. Susie Wolff is the first woman to be a driver in a Formula 1 team and race in a weekend since 1992 (Giovanni Amati). Part of the Williams crew as a development driver, Susie participated in the British Grand Prix practice session, with the Williams team planning on using this as a huge publicity opportunity. However, due to oil pressure problems grounding her Williams, Susie's time on the track was cut down to just 20 minutes. She probably hoped her first foray...

Test Drive

Published Date: July 2, 2014
Whole Nine Yaris: 2014 Toyota Yaris

Whole Nine Yaris: 2014 Toyota Yaris

When it comes to manufacturing family sedans and practical city cars for a bustling, overpopulated city like Dhaka, Toyota is hard to beat. Their Corolla is the largest selling family sedan in the world, a brand name by itself, Toyota a veritable powerhouse in engineering cars for the masses. Over the course of...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: July 2, 2014
Grid Autosport

Grid Autosport

Codemasters seems to release a new racing game almost every year. With titles like Dirt and Grid under its banner, Codemasters Racing has a formidable lineup of simulation and semi-arcade racing games piling up in its portfolio. Their latest game, and the newest instalment in the Grid series, ticks all the right boxes...

Published Date: July 2, 2014
111Years of Ford

111Years of Ford

It is Ford Heritage Month and AG Automobiles, exclusive dealers of Ford Motor Company in Bangladesh, is celebrating Fords' 111th Anniversary during this month of June. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the Ford 3S center at Abdullahpur, Uttara,has been transformed into a Ford history exhibition gallery where customers and guestscan revisit the early...