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autoX
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EditorDhruv Behl
CategoriesAutomobile
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherComnet Publishers Pvt. Ltd. (Exhibitions India Group)
Year founded2006
First issueSeptember 2006
CountryIndia
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.autox.com

Established in September 2006 by Dhruv Behl, autoX is a monthly automobile magazine which provides coverage on all aspects of the automotive industry. It’s published in India by Comnet Publishers Pvt. Ltd. and is a part of the Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd. The company is headquartered in New Delhi.

Like Autocar (magazine) India and Overdrive (magazine), autoX reaches the Indian audience through the print magazine and a worldwide audience through its official website.[1] Outlook magazine – a weekly general interest English news magazine published in India – also carries an 8-page automotive section provided monthly by autoX.

History and profile[edit | edit source]

In 2006, autoX began operations as autoXchange.[2] In September 2009, autoXchange collaborated with Ebay Motors with the aim to inform Indian car users about the contemporary pricing trends[3]. Overtime, the masthead morphed to the current name - autoX.

autoX was founded by Dhruv Behl in order to create a medium that could communicate the happenings of the global and the Indian automobile industry to its audience in a format involving news articles and vehicle road tests. Dhruv Behl is a jury member of the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award and the World Car of the Year award (WCOTY).[4][5]

Regular feature categories[edit | edit source]

• Opinions – articles written by industry personnel and international contributors on current events in the global motoring industry

• News – the ‘scoop’ on future models, upcoming car and bike launches, and the latest events taking place in the automotive industry from around the world[6]

• Rides and Drives – brief road/track tests of newly launched cars and bikes. These have included tests of the Ferrari 488 GTB Pista, Nissan GT-R and numerous other supercars.

• Features – group / comparative tests of two or more rival car or bike models[7]

• Travel – road journeys from around the world. In 2015 and 2016, autoX partnered with NDTV India and Evo India to drive two made-in-India Mercedes-Benz SUVs around the world in a TV-series titled the ‘GLA Adventure’.[8]

• Special feature – sponsored articles

• Motorsport – glimpses into the world of Motorsports, via opinion pieces, as well as news and analysis on global/local Motorsport events

• Long-term reports – brief logs of monthly long-term usage reports of cars and bikes under testing by the editorial team

• Xite – news and reviews from the world of technology, horology, gear and gaming

• Buyer’s guide – new car and bike listings.

Magazine contributors[edit | edit source]

• T.K. Malhotra – President of the Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI).[9]

• Siddharth Vinayak Patankar – Senior news anchor, financial correspondent, producer and chief Editor for Auto – NDTV.[10] He is also the host of NDTV’s The Car & Bike Show and is on the Steering Committee of the World Car Awards (WCOTY).[11]

• Dr Wilfried Aulbur - Managing Partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in India and the Head of Roland Berger's Asia Automotive practice.[12]

• Shahwar Hussain – Auto journalist, travel writer and co-founder of Chain Reaction India.[13]

Joe Saward – a British Motorsport author and journalist.

• Roland Folger – MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India[14]

Rannvijay Singh – Indian actor, television personality and Video Jockey (VJ). He is known for being the Season One winner of MTV Roadies in 2003. He later hosted the show from 2004 to 2014.

• Jens Meiners - based in Nürnberg and New York City, he has covered the auto industry since 1996. He also serves as vice chairman on the steering committee of the World Car Awards (WCOTY).[15]

Milestones achieved[edit | edit source]

November 2014 – 8th anniversary special issue of autoX. It included a track test of 33 new cars launched in 2014, with a line-up ranging from a Porsche Macan to the Mahindra Scorpio and the Jaguar F-Type R to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz at the Buddh International Circuit [16] in Greater Noida.

March 2015 – 100th issue of autoX.[17] The issue featured the ‘100-Hour Challenge',[18] with the aim to cover 6,000 kilometres within 100-hours. The team completed the 5,568-kilometre journey from Delhi-to-Kanyakumari, and back, in 76 hours in an Audi A3 2.0 TDI. The autoX team travelled across nine Indian states to complete the journey.[19]

Annual awards[edit | edit source]

Every year, the autoX team awards top-ten vehicles of the year by testing them across several parameters such as quality, practicality, drive-train, design, value-for-money, ride-and-handling.

autoX Awards 2017

'Best of 2017' (Four-Wheel) – Jeep Compass, Skoda Octavia RS [20], Audi A5 Sportback, Hyundai Verna[21][22] and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Performance Car of the Year 2017Nissan GT-R.

Performance Bike of the Year 2017Ducati SuperSport S

autoX Awards 2016[23]

Performance Car of the Year 2016: Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

'Best of 2016' (Four-Wheel) – Ford Mustang, Hyundai Elantra[24], BMW 750Li, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza [25] and the Toyota Innova Crysta[26]

'Best of 2016' (Two-Wheel) – Triumph Thruxton R, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and DSK-Benelli TNT25

International affiliations[edit | edit source]

In April 2013, autoX announced an editorial partnership with Quattroruote[27][28], a European automotive publication active since 1956. Quattroruote is a product of the Italian publishing house Editoriale Domus, founded by Gianni Mazzocchi in 1929.[29] Autodromo di Vairano, a racetrack owned by Quattroruote magazine, is chosen by multiple Formula 1 teams for their aerodynamics testing and fine tuning.

Editorial team[edit | edit source]

• Editor – Dhruv Behl

• Associate Editor – Ishan Raghava

• Features Editor – Arup Das[30]

• Assistant Editor – Jared Solomon

• Digital Content Editor – Abhishek Chaliha

• Content Development Editor – Ravi Ved

• Copy Editor – Dharamdeep

• International Contributors – Karl Peskett and Jens Meiners

• Principal Correspondent – Anuj Sharma (Xite)

• Senior Correspondents – Rahul Kapoor and Shivank Bhatt

• News Correspondent – Divyank Kushagra Bansal

• Design and Photography Head – Kapil Vashist

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