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.

Lavazza explores Made in India coffee

Having exited cafe business after selling off Barista in 2014, Italian coffee roaster Lavazza has been largely focusing on institutional coffee vending business. To make it big in the larger market of home consumption, the company has launched a Made in India filter coffee brand in the premium segment.

Emirates to offer Diwali ladoos & barfis on board

Call it adding a dash of ethnicity or something else. Come Monday and you can expect to be served motichoor ladoo, besan ki ladoo, dry fruit barfi and much more on board any Emirates flights to and from India and Dubai. In an apparent endeavour to position the leading airlines brand as closer to Indian travellers’ hearts, Emirates is set to delight its customers by offering special Diwali delicacies for the celebratory season. The special treats will be available to customers across all classes during the week from October 16 to October 22.

Harley-Davidson rolls out 2018 Softail Series

American two-wheeler manufacturer, Harley-Davidson on Thursday launched its 2018 Softail range in India. This newly introduced line-up includes four motorcycles – Street Bob, Heritage Classic, Fat Bob and Fat Boy – priced at Rs 11.99 lakh, Rs 18.99 lakh, Rs 13.99 lakh and Rs 17.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). All four new models get cosmetics as well as mechanical upgrades and look much different from their existing versions.

Surprising Australian Wines Are Storming America’s Shores

Maybe your idea of Australian wine is Yellow Tail, the massively successful, superplonk with a jumping kangaroo on the label. Or maybe you picture an in-your-face monster shiraz so thick and fruity you could practically sip it from a spoon. 

If you think those examples define Down Under wines, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Scooter sales zoomed 41% in Bihar in 6 years: Honda

Bihar has taken a liking for scooters with sales rising 41 per cent in the past six years, as against 20 per cent in the country, according to Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI).

"Honda has created a new record of its highest-ever sales in Bihar in 2017 of over 38,000 units in April-June 2017-18," Yadvinder Singh Gularia, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, HMSI, told reporters here.

During the period, HMSI sold 33,29,045 scooters in the domestic market including exports.

Mahindra unveils KUV100 NXT at Rs 4.39 lakh

Mahindra and Mahindra, India’s biggest sports utility vehicle maker by sales, on Tuesday introduced the facelift of its KUV100 hatchback, the KUV100 NXT to generate more sales during the on-going festive season and beyond.

Though technically still a hatchback, Mahindra continues to call it its smallest SUV. The KUV100 which created a new SUV-like segment was first launched in January 2016.

On A Gastronomic Journey

To make delicate French desserts, one needs to have years of experience and skill to attain the perfection. And Noida based Theo’s Bakery is a fine example of experience and entrepreneurial spirit put together. Theo’s Bakery, which has now spiralled into Italian cafe, has been in Noida for around a decade now and has already paved its way into capital’s heart and every foodie’s belly. As of now Theo’s have four outlets, three in Noida and one in Delhi’s RK Puram.

Volkswagen launches new Passat at Rs 29.99 lakh

The Indian subsidiary of German car manufacturer – Volkswagen India – on Tuesday launched its much-awaited luxury sedan Passat with an introductory price of Rs 29.99 lakh for its 2.0L Tdi AT Comfortlin variant and Rs 32.99 lakh for 2.0L Tdi AT Highline variant (both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). The Passat will be available in six colours across all Volkswagen showrooms along with test drives and bookings. The car was first showcased at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.