Woodland on an expansion spree

Woodland, the leading brand in footwear, apparels, bags and outdoor equipment’s for men and women, seems well set to add another 30-35 stores in the current financial year, which would be an equivalent combination of small towns and metros and will also tap new geographies outside India, said Harkirat Singh, managing director (MD), Woodland. At present, Woodland has over 600 COCO stores across 250 cities in India, covering a total retail space of nearly nine lakh sq ft. The average size of a Woodland store is 1,500-2,000 sq ft.

With new technology, Mazda gives spark to gasoline engine

In the high-stakes, high-cost battle among global automakers to develop ever more efficient vehicles, one of the biggest breakthroughs in internal combustion engine technology in years looks to be coming from one of the industry’s smaller players.

Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp has zoomed past its larger global rivals to develop an engine which ignites gasoline using combustion ignition technology, a fuel-saving process considered something of a holy grail of efficient gasoline engines.

Hyundai receives record order for 10,501 Verna units from Middle East

Hyundai Motor India, the country’s second largest car manufacturer by sales and biggest car exporter, has received a record initial export order of 10,501 units for the all new 5th generation Verna the mid-size sedan from the Middle East markets.

The new Verna will be known as the next generation Accent for the Middle East markets.

This is the single largest order for the next generation Verna that company has received since inception and a big jump compared to the earlier generations of Verna and Accent models.

iPhone X demand will be substantial, but not exceptional: survey

Days before Apple Inc’s  much-awaited iPhone X opens for preorders, a survey by brokerage Bernstein showed that demand for the device will be substantial, but not exceptional, with about a quarter of the respondents planning to buy the phone.

Heightened anticipation around the 10th anniversary iPhone, which opens for preorders on Oct. 27 and begins shipping from Nov. 3, has already dented demand for the just-launched iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Apple shares fell last week after reports of iPhone X production delays and weak sales of iPhone 8 models.

Google's latest iPhone rival off to a rocky start

The launch of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) second-generation Google Pixel smartphones has been hampered by display screen problems and pricing and shipping issues, prompting the company to open an investigation and issue multiple apologies to customers.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which start at $649 and debuted in stores on Thursday, are the lynchpin of Google’s efforts to take on Apple Inc’s iPhone directly. Early Pixel 2 users have voiced frustration with mishaps, including a potentially serious problem with the screen.

Intel proposes to make self-driving cars blameless

Intel Corp has developed a system it says ensures that self-driving vehicles can’t cause accidents where they are at fault, an effort to reassure a skeptical public and help speed adoption of driverless cars on road.

The world’s largest chipmaker is publishing a set of standards, based on mathematical formulas, that will govern the behavior of robot cars and trucks. If they’re adopted, Intel argues, it will bring certainty to questions of liability and blame in the event of an accident.

See the Dizzying Highlights of the Year’s Most Fun Watch Sale

For its seventh edition, the Christie’s-hosted Only Watch charity auction has procured 50 lots of exceptional merit from some of the most important names in watchmaking. All profits from sales, which commence online and in Geneva on November 11, go to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. The auction and 10-city watch tour, currently underway, both receive patronage from H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and the globe-traveling event commenced at the Monaco Yacht Club.

BMW unveils 330i Gran Turismo M Sport in India

BMW, India’s second biggest German luxury carmaker on Tuesday has expanded the 3-series GT range with a new variant of the BMW 330i Gran Turismo M Sport to cash in on the ongoing festival season in Asia’s third biggest economy.

With a price band of Rs 49.40 lakh, the BMW 330i Gran Turismo M Sport has no direct rival on road in India. The new car is locally produced at BMW factory at Chennai and can be ordered from BMW dealerships from today onwards.

Car buyers disappoint

Dhanteras car sales, usually bumper every year, were flat despite freebies and discounts galore ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 3 lakh to lure buyers.

These included traditional best sellers like Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker by sales to Hyundai, Toyota Kirloskar and luxury carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz.

Industry honchos, auto experts and dealership managers across car brands said Dhanteras car sales, which generally are higher on such an auspicious day, could have been better.