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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...

Haojue Biker Tips

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...

Haojue Biker Tips

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...

Sponsored content: Haojeu Bike Corner

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...

Sponsored content: Haojeu Bike Corner

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.

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...

Sponsored content: Haojeu Bike Corner

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...

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