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There’s a car for almost every stage of life. From your family car to buying you own and the progression as you upgrade in your career and interests, and finally the car you always dream about owning someday. In a roundup of meeting with some young and vibrant entrepreneurs, B360 spoke to some of them about their love for cars.

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Nikhen Gopali
Co-Founder / Director, Arbitrary Group

Current drive
Mahindra Scorpio

First car
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

Wishlist
Aston Martin One 77

Driving playlist
Techno and house Music

Reason behind your love for cars
My entire family is crazy about cars.

Personality traits you share with your car…
Efficiency

Next car purchase
I hope it’s a Mitsubishi ASX

Who taught you how to drive
My dad

Likes or dislikes about driving in Kathmandu
I like how we can catch glimpses of hills and mountains from different parts of the city. I hate it when we cannot roll down the window on a good weather day. It’s just too dusty.

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Tenzing Kunsel Lama
Owner, Insulate Dry Wall Udyog

Current drive
Nissan Sunny 2010

First car
Toyota Carina 94

Wishlist
Koenigsegg Regera

Driving playlist
Hip-hop, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake

Reason behind your love for cars
My brother and father are extreme car enthusiasts.

Personality traits you share with your car…
It’s not a fancy car, but, it’s Japanese which gives good mileage. And reliability is one thing I can connect with it.

Next car purchase
Considering how expensive everything has become ever since the taxes have increased, I can see Ranger or Thar in my garage next.

Most striking feature in a car
These days, I think clearance is the first thing I look for in a car.

Who taught you how to drive
Family driver, Manik Dai. He is like a family to me.

Likes or dislikes about driving in Kathmandu
The condition of the roads and the countless number of motorbikes that never wait at intersections causing traffic jams.

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Bidhata Shrestha
Joint Managing Director, Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Current drive
Mazda 6 and SsangYong Rexton

First car
Mazda 6

Wishlist
Lykan Hypersport

Driving playlist
Pop, Rock and RnB

Behind your love for cars
Movies and car magazines that my father used to have

Personality traits you share with your car…
The traits that my car represents are power, strength and reliability.

Next car purchase
An off-roader SUV

Most striking feature you look for in a car
For the roads in Nepal, ground clearance, safety features and power

Who taught you how to drive
First few sessions were taught by my father and then by my drivers

Likes or dislikes about driving in Kathmandu
I appreciate the traffic police working in all-weather conditions surrounded by pollution. I dislike the traffic jams and potholes.

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Roli Mittal Jalan
CEO, Kreativnepa and Co-owner, Sumukhi Handicrafts

Current Car
Nissan Micra (2016)

First Car
Skoda Laura (family car)

Dream Car
AMG C 63 S Coupe (2018)

Driving playlist
When I drive, I like listening to Coldplay, John Lennon and Beatles.

Personality traits you share with your car…
I think my personal car at the moment is an urban commuter, so traits I can compare myself with the car comprises its ease of to maneuvering and handling and it offers great reliability. I believe I can manoeuvre through different situations with minimum accidents and relative ease and I have strong work ethics so people can rely on me.

Your next car
I am going for a Hyundai Verna (2017) SX in the near future.

What do you look for in a vehicle?
Since we are in Nepal, I look for value for money such as brand reliability, mileage, power and torque, ground clearance, utility, maintenance, size of the vehicle (must be small for maneuverability) and so on. Luxury and style are added bonuses.

I don’t usually drive on the highway, but, when I do, I take our family SUV, Mitsubishi ASX (2016). Also, when I am in the States, I usually rent a car that symbolises the culture and heritage of that particular place, like the Ford Mustang, a pure bred American ingenuity. When in Italy, I would go for a Ferarri to roam through the countryside. Having fun in a sports car is certain, but brand history and lineage brings a special touch to the experience.

Who taught you driving?
My husband made me a driver.

What do you like or dislike about driving in Kathmandu?
I dislike absolutely everything about driving in Kathmandu. I detest the size of the road, its potholes, the pedestrians, the number of vehicles on the road, filthiness, pollution, no parking spaces and more. Kathmandu is not a driver’s city. Honestly, driving in Kathmandu is a horrifying experience and we have to face it every day. Driving in the Terai, however, is wonderful.

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