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The Thrill of Driving Podcast

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This is something new we are attempting: The Thrill of Driving Podcast. We're going to be sitting down and talking you through the news of the week, including everything from launches to cars we've driven, bikes we've ridden, stories we're attempting and everything that deserves a mention from the w… read more

62 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Volkswagen Polo: India’s favourite enthusiast hatchback

July 14th, 2021


Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 2 of the Thrill of Driving podcast! In this reboot, we’re doing things differently — giving news a pass and instead talking about things that the Indian car enthusiast wants to talk about! …

In conversation with Veejay Nakra | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 62

June 10th, 2020


Things are looking up says Veejay Nakra, CEO of Mahindra’s Automotive division as he talks about manufacturing re-starting, dealerships opening up and new products that are in the pipeline. We also talk about new …

In conversation with P B Venugopal | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 61

June 3rd, 2020


Talking about the new normal in the luxury segment of the Indian automotive industry, with the president of the Lexus India. We talk about hybrid …

In conversation with Shashank Srivastava | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 60

May 16th, 2020


Talking about the state of the Indian automotive industry, re-opening of dealerships, demand pickup, transfer of demand & more with the sales & marketing boss of Maruti Suzuki on the #evoConversations

In conversation with Uroš Rosa | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 59

May 15th, 2020


Talking sport exhaust systems with the most iconic brand in this space, Akrapovič. We’re talking about how a performance exhaust system is developed, crafting exhaust systems out of titanium and now ceramic composites, …

In conversation with Partha Datta | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 58

May 7th, 2020


A 7-seater SUV, facelifted Compass, new sub 4-meter SUV and "two iconic new products" – that's what is in store for Jeep India over the next years. Partha Datta drops hints on the upcoming models and also insists that …

In conversation with Parveen Agarwal | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 57

May 6th, 2020


In the latest episode of #evoConversations Parveen Agarwal shows us around (and fires up!) his collection of sportscars and luxury cars including the …

In conversation with Vivek Srivatsa | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 55

May 4th, 2020


How is Tata Motors dealing with the lockdown, the new Click to Drive online buying initiative, santising dealerships post lockdown and new social distancing norms and more in this episode of evo Conversations. We of …

In conversation with Tarun Garg | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 54

May 3rd, 2020


The state of the Indian automotive industry and the efforts taken to deal with both the lockdown and the new normal post the lockdown is what Tarun Garg, VP, sales, marketing & after sales at Hyundai India talks …

In conversation with Shahid Haq | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 53

May 1st, 2020


Talking to the founder and chief designer at Motormind on how to setup your own car design studio and the various car styling kits they have developed.
Shahid Haq talks about the Hyperion 1 concept that was showcased 4 …

In conversation with Dilip Chhabria | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 52

April 30th, 2020


Dilip Chhabria, the man who put Indian car design on the map, talks about his journey. Starting with the 1994 Karma based on the Tata Sierra, DC talks about his massive body of work, his design philosophy, the work he …

In conversation with Suhail Chandhok | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 51

April 28th, 2020


What's it like to grow up in a storied motorsport family and not go racing? We talk to TV presenter and former cricketer Suhail Chandhok on growing …

In conversation with Santosh Iyer VP Sales and Marketing Mercedes Benz India

April 27th, 2020


How quickly will the Indian auto industry bounce back after the lockdown? What will Mercedes-Benz India's launch schedule look like? Re-jigging of …

In conversation with Narain Karthikeyan | Thrill of Driving Podcast 49

April 25th, 2020


India's first F1 racer and the World's Fastest Indian talk about his journey, from the MMRT in Chennai way back in 1992, to being the first Indian to go and race (and win!) in Europe, the struggles, the highs, the …

In conversation with Shana Parmeshwar | Thrill of Driving Podcast 48

April 24th, 2020


Shana Parmeshwar takes us through her automotive journey starting with a hot Rover in the UK, a Tata Safari in India and then dives into her passion for Porsche, the GT4 that she then upgraded to the GT3 RS, the Unity …

In conversation with Boopesh Reddy | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 47

April 22nd, 2020


The Bren Garage is the most exotic, desirable and drool-worthy collection of supercars and sportscars in India and we get an exclusive walk around …

Pratap Bose, VP, Global Design at Tata Motors on the different careers in automotive design | The Th

April 18th, 2020


Pratap Bose, VP design at Tata Motors talks about the career options in an automotive design studio even if you aren't a car designer. In this episode of #evoConversations with Pratap Bose talks to Ed Sirish Chandran …

In conversation with Joel Joseph, Founder, Race Concepts | Thrill of driving Podcast 45

April 17th, 2020


Joel Joseph is the man behind the fastest drag car, fastest ITC race car and some of the fastest tuned street cars in the country. Ed Sirish Chandran caught up with the founder of Race Concepts to talk:
👉 How he built …

In conversation with Naveen Sony, Senior VP Sales and Service, Toyota Kirloskar Motor

April 16th, 2020


"Watch this space" says Toyota India's senior VP for sales and aftersales when Ed Sirish Chandran asks him about the possibility of the Supra …

In conversation with Rajeev Chaba, President and MD, MG Motor India | Thrill of driving Podcast 43

April 15th, 2020


The man in the driver's seat at MG Motor India talks to us about product plans including:
👉 Gloster that is coming to India around Diwali and hinting at pricing anwhere between Rs 40 to 80 lakh
👉 G10 MPV that is …

In conversation with Sanjay Sharma, Head of JK Tyre Motorsports | Thrill of driving Podcast 42

April 14th, 2020


One of the prime movers and shakers of Indian motorsport, Sanjay Sharma talks to Ed Sirish Chandran on 👉 Who he considers to be India's greatest racing driver (Narain Karthikeyan) & why
👉 His greatest rally driver …

In conversation with Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India | Thrill of Driving Podcast 41

April 13th, 2020


Did you know that one Urus is delivered every week in India? That 5 Aventdaor SVJ have been delivered in India, including an SVJ 63 and more are on the way? That the Urus, rather than eating into sportscars has actually …

In conversation with Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO, Mercedes Benz India | Thrill of Driving Podcast 40

April 11th, 2020


When will the GLS come to India? Launch plans for A-Class Limousine & GLA showcased at Auto Expo 2020? Response to the just-launched GLE, growth of the AMG business in India (50% growth despite the slowdown last …

In conversation with Zac Hollis, director, Skoda Auto India | Thrill of driving Podcast 39

April 10th, 2020


Skoda India's director for sales, marketing and after sales, Zac Hollis, talks to editor Sirish Chandran about the ed's favourite car 👉 the OctyRS. …

In conversation with Steffen Knapp, director of VW passenger cars, India | Thrill of driving Podcast

April 9th, 2020


Will Volkswagen India bring an electric SUV to India? What are the plans for the Taigun mid-size SUV? What are the confidence levels for the India …

In conversation with Pratab Bose, VP of Design, Tata Motors | Thrill of driving Podcast #37

April 8th, 2020


Tata Motors VP of design, Pratap Bose talks to ed Sirish Chandran on the life of an automotive designer in these days of the lockdown and how he is managing the Tata Motors design team of 180 people spread across the …

In Conversation with Jatin Ahuja, MD and Owner Big Boy Toyz |Thrill of Driving Podcast 36

April 7th, 2020


Jatin Ahuja set up Big Boy Toyz from scratch and today they are India's largest seller of pre-owned luxury, sports and exotic cars. He talks to Ed, Sirish Chandran on the (used) exotic market, the prices for used …

Coronavirus & the auto industry + Geneva highlights | Thrill of Driving Podcast 35

March 15th, 2020


Coronavirus & the auto industry + Geneva highlights | Thrill of Driving Podcast #xx | evo India

In this episode of the Thrill of Driving podcast, we talk about how coronavirus or COVID-19 is disrupting the Indian …

Dissecting the Toyota Vellfire and motorsport updated from the week | Thrill of Driving Podcast #34

February 23rd, 2020


In this episode of the Thrill of Driving podcast, we discuss the all-new Toyota Vellfire, it's rivals including the Kia Carnival and the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. We discuss the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Jehan Daruvala's recent …

Top cars, EVs & concepts at Auto Expo | Thrill of Driving podcast with Sirish & Adil

February 9th, 2020


What cars, concepts, electric vehicles and bikes you must see at #AutoExpo2020? In this special Thrill of Driving podcast editor Sirish Chandran and …

Talking to Sirish Vissa, Head of VW Motorsport, India | Thrill of Driving Podcast #32 | evo India

February 1st, 2020


In this special podcast, we talk to Sirish Vissa about Volkswagen Motorsport India and the journey it has had over the last 10 years. Starting out …

Triumph-Bajaj partnership | In-depth perspective | Thrill of driving podcast #31

January 25th, 2020


Triumph and #Bajaj have signed off a deal that opens up a vast array of scope for both brands, given their unique and distinct identities. A range of …

Upcoming car and bike launches and Dakar 2020 | The Thrill of Driving podcast #30 | evo India

January 19th, 2020


It has been an action packed week with the grueling 12-day #Dakar2020 concluding with 57-year-old Carlos Sainz and Californian Ricky Brabec taking …

Holiday hangover | Thrill of Driving podcast#29 | evo India | Fast Bikes India

January 12th, 2020


Not much has happened lately and the holiday season is still spilling over at #evoIndia & Fast Bikes India. But that does not mean we haven’t …

2020 Dakar, upcoming cars and the magazines | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 28 | evo India

January 5th, 2020


Welcome to the first #ThrillofDriving podcast of 2020. We kickstart #NewYear2020 by shedding light on the 2020 #DakarRally that begins today in Saudi Arabia. Which Indian teams are participating? What are the last …

The best of 2019 | End of the year Thrill of Driving podcast | evo India

December 29th, 2019


It has been an eventful year for team #evoIndia and we've bundled up tonnes of memories from 2019 before we head into #NewYear2020. In the last …

Audi Q8 and Hyundai Aura | Thrill of Driving Podcast | evo India

December 22nd, 2019


In this episode of the Thrill of Driving Podcast, we breakdown everything you need to know about the Audi Q8. Audi's flagship SUV is headed to India next year and we have gotten our hands on it in Dubai.
The second car …

Thrill of Driving Podcast | Chetaan Shedjale | Senior designer Harley-Davidson

December 15th, 2019


For this week's Thrill of Driving podcast, editor Sirish Chandran sits down with Harley-Davidson's senior designer Chetaan Shedjale, the man who styled the Harley-Davidson Street 750, Street Rod and most recently the …

Talking to Pratap Bose, VP Global Design, Tata Motors | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 24 | evo India

December 8th, 2019


We talk to #PratapBose, the man helming Tata Motors' design teams about everything to do with car design. Right from what sort of education a budding …

Tata Altroz and the best from LA Motor Show | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 23 | evo India

December 2nd, 2019


In this episode of the #ThrillofDrivingPodcast, we talk about the upcoming #TataAltroz and what it means for Tata Motors. The invite came in the mail that very morning! The Ed then weighs in with what he thinks of the …

LA Motor Show's finest and riding the F77 | The Thrill of Driving Podcast 22 | evo India

November 24th, 2019


In this week's #podcast, we talk about getting astride the new #UltravioletteF77, a proper performance oriented #electricmotorcycle. We also break …

Breaking down the Ultraviolette F77 and the new Audi A6 | The Thrill of Driving Podcast #21 |

November 17th, 2019


In this week’s Thrill of Driving podcast, we get Abhishek back in the studio thanks to popular demand. The team talks about everything they have been …

EICMA 2019: The hottest bikes from the show| Thrill of Driving Podcast #20| evo India

November 10th, 2019


This week's Thrill of Driving podcast is all about motorcycles with our in-house motorcycle specialist, Abhishek Wairagade joining Sirish and Aatish in the studio.
From his experience riding the 790 Duke and the Street …

In conversation with pioneer Indian auto journalist & author, Adil Jal Darukhanawala

November 2nd, 2019


What an afternoon we had in company of Adil Jal Darukhanawala, a pioneer in Indian automotive journalism scene, award winning author and the Editor-in-Chief at Fast Bikes India magazine. Known fondly as 'Bossman', Adil …

In conversation with Roland Bouchara, Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Citroen India |Podcast #18

October 27th, 2019


We talk to Roland Bouchara about the PSA Group and Citroen’s plans in India, right from their first car, the C5 Aircross to the entirely new platform …

The KTM 790 Duke and Porsche Cayenne Coupe dissected | The Thrill of Driving Podcast #17

October 13th, 2019


Over the last week, we have ridden and driven some epic machines. First up is the KTM 790 Duke, the latest and greatest motorcycle from the Austrian motorcycle maker in India. We've also driven the Porsche Cayenne Coupe …

Into the saddle of MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 & Indian FTR 1200 S | #TheThrillofDriving Podcast 16

October 6th, 2019


The anniversary issue is not only about the Thrill of Driving but riding too! Featuring the exotic sports tourer from Varese, Italy and a muscle bike from the land of gas-guzzling V8s. We talk about what makes the …

Driving the Ferrari F8 Tributo & Porsche 911 in a week | #TheThrillofDriving Podcast #15 | evo India

September 29th, 2019


Leading up to the sixth anniversary issue of evo India, we have gotten our hands on some very special cars. First, the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the latest and greatest mid-engined V8 Ferraris. We were flown in to Maranello …

2019 Frankfurt Motor Show | All that you need to know | The #ThrillofDriving podcast 14 | evo India

September 15th, 2019


A plethora of electrified machinery was on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. A big piece of the cake belonged to the giants from Germany, …

In conversation with Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India #Thrillof driving Podcast 13

September 8th, 2019


For the first time ever, the boss of Mercedes-Benz India is featured in a podcast. Ed Sirish Chandran visits the Mercedes-Benz India facility in Chakan, just outside of Pune for a podcast with Martin Schwenk. The marque …

Karun Chandhok's Formula 1 story | Episode 12 of the Thrill of Driving podcast | evo India

September 4th, 2019


In the 12th episode of the #ThrillofDriving podcast, Karun Chandhok, F1 commentator and ex F1 driver takes us through his journey to the world's premier racing championship. From Madras, a city of 11 million, to Bradley …

Special edition of the #ThrillofDriving podcast with Volkswagen India boss Steffen Knapp | evo India

August 25th, 2019


In this special edition of the #ThrillofDriving podcast we have Steffen Knapp, director of Volkswagen passenger cars in India and Adil Jal …

In conversation with Rahil Ansari, Head of Audi India | Thrill of Driving Podcast #10 | evo India

August 18th, 2019


Rahil Ansari is the charismatic head of Audi India, one that is a breakaway from the stereotype corporate head honcho. Suave, stylish and with a hint of a German accent in his voice, he took over as head of the brand …

First drive impressions of the Kia Seltos in India | The Thrill of Driving podcast #09 | evo India

August 13th, 2019


In this week's Thrill of Driving podcast, we talk about one of the most awaited launches of the year - Kia Seltos. The Seltos is important for Kia as it marks the brand's entry in India. Of course, we all know that it's …

Driving the Lexus LC 500h luxury coupe in Japan | The Thrill of Driving podcast #08 | evo India

August 4th, 2019


In this week's Thrill of Driving podcast we cover two very interesting topics. The Indian automotive industry is facing its worst ever slowdown in …

Driving the Lamborghini Huracan Evo in India | The Thrill of Driving Podcast #07 | evo India

July 28th, 2019


In this episode of The Thrill of Driving Podcast, we talk to you about the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, a car that we very recently drove at the MMRT in Chennai. Was it too fast for the track? How is it compared to the …

What is so exciting about the Kia Seltos? The Thrill of Driving Podcast #06 | evo India

July 21st, 2019


 This week's podcast is a little different. We've recorded it in the backseat of the Mercedes-Maybach S650. This is the most luxurious version of the S-Class you can get your hands on: it is more spacious, packs more …

Is India ready for electric cars and bikes? The Thrill of Driving Podcast #5 | evo India

July 13th, 2019


 With the Hyundai Kona being launched in India, we talk about the future of electric mobility in this country. The Kona is India's first long-range EV and first electric SUV too, but is it the right time to be launching …

Remembering Honda's iconic VTEC engines. The Thrill of Driving podcast #4 | evo India

July 6th, 2019


Honda got their first F1 victory in over a decade as Max Verstappen won the Austrian GP last week. This makes us take a look at Honda's history in developing iconic engines that provided the maximum #thrillofdriving. …

Is India ready for the Hyundai Kona? The Thrill of Driving #3 | evo India

June 30th, 2019


In this episode of the Thrill of Driving, we discuss everything from the aggressive pricing of the MG Hector to the viability of electric vehicles in India. The Hector comes in at a great price and offers for the money …

How to be an automotive journalist | The Thrill of Driving Podcast #2 | evo India

June 26th, 2019


How do you become an automotive journalist? Passion, the ability to write and a good attitude. In this special podcast, Sirish Chandran, the editor of evo India talks to us about what it takes to be an automotive …

Is the Hyundai Venue priced right? The Thrill of Driving Podcast #1

June 22nd, 2019


 In Episode #1, we give you a low down on the price of the new Hyundai Venue, the new special edition Aston Martin OHMSS, doing 300kmph in a Ferrari, an update from the mega India Diamond Trail road trip we are …

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