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Corporate news that made buzz in 2014

The corporate world witnessed a lot of activity in 2014. Scams, major appointments, mergers and acquisitions dominated the corporate space. We take a look at the year that was and major talking points in the business world that you must know about.

Vishal Sikka takes over as Infosys CEO
Vishal Sikka, a former executive at German software firm SAP AG, became the first non-founder CEO of Infosys on August 1. His appointment came amid a series of exits from the IT services firm.
Sikka has, since, been in the news for his new ways of retaining talent at Infosys.

Kotak Mahindra Bank acquires ING Vysya Bank
The highly regulated banking space saw a major acquisition with Kotak Mahindr Bank buying ING Vysya Bank in an all-stock deal. The merger will straightaway give Kotak Mahindra Bank access to ING Vysya's huge network in south India, beefing up the former's reach.

Vijay Mallya in trouble
Vijay Mallya, the self-proclaimed 'King of good times' was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The United Breweries (UB) Group Chairman Mallya was tagged 'wilful defaulter' by United Bank of India, and was later sent 'wilful defaulter' notices by two other banks.
Further, Mallya was forced to quit top posts at two group companies, including Kingfisher Airlines.

Sebi imposes 3-year ban on DLF from capital markets
In a major blow to DLF, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) banned it and six of its top executive form the capital markets for three years. The ban was the first-of-its-kind ruling by Sebi and raised fears of tougher norms for corporates even with strong political ties.

Sun Pharma-Ranbaxy deal in focus
In early-April this year, Ranbaxy Laboratories announced its acquisition by Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries for US$ 4 billion. The deal would make the largest pharma company in the country and as a result, it came under regulatory scanner for fear of hampering competition.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the controversial acquisition on December 5, with certain pre-conditions.

Subrata Roy jailed
In early March, the Supreme Court sent Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy to jail for not complying with the SC order to refund around Rs 20,000 crores of investors money collected by his company.
The company made several attempts to sell its overseas hotels and domestic properties to fund Roy's bail. As these attempts continue, Roy is still in jail.

SC cancels coal block allocations
In a major blow to the corporate sector, the Supreme Court quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks, which were allotted to various companies since 1993.
In early December, however, the Lok Sabha passed a Bill to re-auction 204 cancelled blocks. The bidding process is set to take place on February 11, 2015.

Alibaba IPO breaks record
Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, got listed on the NYSE with the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history at US $25 billion. The record-setting IPO catapulted Alibaba's valuation to over US $200 billion, making its Executive Chairman Jack Ma the richest man in China.

CBI unearths Syndicate Bank scam, arrests CMD
The Central Bureau of Investigation unearthed the Syndicate Bank bribe-for-loan scam in early-August and arrested the bank's CMD SK Jain for taking bribes worth Rs 50 lakh. After further investigations, the CBI estimated the scam at a whooping Rs 8,000 crore.
Investigations are ongoing.

Facebook buys Whatsapp
Facebook announced its acquisition of Whatsapp in February this year and closed the deal in early October for a whooping US $22 billion. The Whatsapp acquisition is expected to play a big role in Facebook's bid to connect the next billion people to its network, with a growing number of Internet users on mobiles, which is Whatsapp's forte.

Satya Nadella becomes Microsoft CEO
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella was named the chief executive officer of Microsoft, to become the third CEO of the software major. Social media was abuzz with the appointment as Nadella is of Indian origin.
He was also in the news for wrong reasons when he passed a comment on wages of women, which didn't digest well with people.

Jignesh Shah after NSEL scam
In early May, Jignesh Shah was arrested by the Mumbai Police in one of the biggest corporate frauds in the history of India - the Rs 5,600-crore National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam. He was later released on bail and in November he resigned as the managing director of FTIL to become the company's Chairman-Emeritus.

Microsoft buys Nokia
Microsoft closed its much-awaited US $7.2-billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business in April. The deal was announced in September 2013. Later in October, Microsoft announced that it would transition to the 'Microsoft Lumia' name and drop the 'Nokia' name from its Lumia smartphones.

In the aftermath of the National Spot Exchange (NSEL) scam, Financial Technologies India (FTIL) was ordered to sell its stake in commodity bourse MCX. It exited the bourse in August and in Decemer, the company completely exited the MCX-SX bourse by selling shares to ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.

The e-commerce boom kept Snapdeal in the news but the real buzz around the e-commerce major as created when Japanese media group Softbank bought a US $627 million stake in Snapdeal. The deal was the largest investment in the e-commerce market.

Speaking of the e-commerce boom in the country, it was aided by Amazon's US $2 billion investment in India. Amazon, in a bid to compete better with home-grown e-tailers like Flipkart and Snapdeal by expanding its reach, announced the investment just a day after Flipkart's Rs 6,000-crore investment announcement.

BRICS, the group of five major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - decided to set up a development bank with US $100 billion initial funding. The New Development Bank will be based in China and will be headed by an Indian for the first five years.

Chinese handset makers changed the dynamics of the Indian smartphone market and one of the biggest entrants was Xiaomi. The company sold its phones in flash sales exclusively on Flipkart and made buzz because the phones were sold out in mere seconds.

The Malaysian Airlines tragedy
Malaysian Airlines became synonymous with tragedy in 2014 after being hit with two successive mishaps. In one of the strangest unsolved mysteries in the airline industry, flight MH370 of the airline, carrying 239 people, disappeared. Four months later flight MH17, with 298 people aboard, was downed by a missile.

Malaysian airline AirAsia came to India and started operations on the Bangalore-Goa route in June. The no-frills carrier has since expanded to cover Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, among other destinations and started competing with domestic budget carriers with discount offers on tickets.

Year 2014: When the economy pinned hopes on PM Modi

The Indian economy seems to be on the cusp of revival, at least the euphoria on the formation of the Modi government suggests so. PM Narendra Modi took charge of the government on May 26, 2014.

PM Modi has promised to make it easier to do business through speedier clearances and stable tax policies, giving investors in the economy hope of a rosier future after years of low growth and high inflation.

The economy grew 4.5% in FY13 and 4.7% in FY14, the first time in more than 25 years that it recorded two successive years of sub 5% growth.

Aided by the decisive political mandate, any government received during the last 30 years, the economy grew at 5.7% in the first quarter of 2014-15, exceeding expectations. This was the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of FY12, while being dramatically up from the 4.6% rise recorded in the preceding quarter.

Continuing its upward growth trend, the economy clocked better-than-expected GDP growth of 5.3 per cent for the July-September quarter.

As part of efforts to promote manufacturing, the government has opened railway infrastructure to 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) and raised the overseas funding cap in defence to 49% from 26%. The government has also announced the setting up of eight electronics manufacturing hubs and seven electronics manufacturing clusters across the country.

Retail inflation, which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tracks for setting lending rates, edged down marginally to 7.8 percent in August from 7.96 percent a month earlier, helped by slower annual rises in prices of fuel and clothes.

According to official figures, wholesale inflation fell to a five-year low at 1.77 per cent in October while retail inflation hit a record low of 5.52 per cent in the same month.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley might be buoyed by the GDP figures but faces challenges on the fiscal deficit front. The figure for the April-October period stood at Rs 4.76 trillion ($76.77 billion), or 89.6 per cent of the full-year target. The deficit was 84.4 per cent during the comparable period in the previous fiscal year. With this pace, the government is likely to surpass the fiscal deficit target before the fiscal end.


It has been a smooth ride for the Sensex this year with the index gaining 30.8 per cent till date. Analysts expect the index to scale new heights on the reforms carried by the Modi goverment. The index jumped a staggering 1,470.03 points or 6.14%  on May 16, the day when results of Lok Sabha elections were declared.

Top 10 smartphones of 2014

2014 was the year many smartphones enthralled us with their innovative features and specifications, even as others failed completely to attract us. Here's a list of top 10 smartphones that set a benchmark on all fronts.

10. SONY XPERIA Z2 (Price: Rs 48,990):
Sony has not left any scope for complaints. Complementing the OS is 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 chipset. This has been backed with 3GB RAM. With a 20.7 MP sensor, this phone is capable of capturing superb images. It has a 3,200 mAh battery that lasts for long on a single charge.

9. SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 (Price: Rs 35,750):
The Galaxy S5 looks similar to 2013's S4, but has a slightly larger 5.1-inch screen, a fingerprint scanner built into the home button and a textured backplate. It delivers a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, giving an excellent pixel density of 432ppi. It has waterproofing and dust resistance to IP67 standard.

8. LG G3 (Price: Rs 39,999):
The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display with an incredible 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, or 538 pixels-per-inch, rear buttons, and extremely small bezels all around the display. The phone has rear camera of 13 MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus and front camera of 2.1 MP.

7. ONEPLUS ONE (Price: Rs 21,999):
The phone has attracted the attention of geeks as it boasts powerful hardware and an innovative software layer built using Android known as Cyanogenmod. OnePlus One has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.

6. SAMSUNG GALAXY ALPHA (Price: Rs 39,990):
Experts say this is the most good looking Galaxy smartphone till date. The device has a metallic rim with a plastic back. Instead of a massive 5-inch-plus display, it has a 4.7-inch super AMOLED display with 1280x720 pixel resolution. It is thin and weighs only 115 grams.

5. HTC ONE M8 (Price: Rs 49,990):
Continuing with the metal construction, the M8 boasts of a 5-inch full HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display that offers vivid colours and great viewing angles. This is one of the fasted phones in the market. The UltraPixel Duo camera is one of the most talked about features.

4. SONY XPERIA Z3 (Price: Rs 51,990):
Continuing with a 5.2-inch display, the phone has curved corners that make it easy to hold. The device has a 2.5Ghz quad core chipset on Snapdragon 801 SoC and runs Android KitKat OS. It has a 20.7MP camera that captures bright and crisp images.

3. MOTO X GEN 2 (Price: Rs 31,990):
The smartphone is worth consideration because of its performance and long-lasting battery. It has a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED display. The images captured by the 13 MP camera, with dual LED flash, are crisp and the colours look natural when captured under bright light.

2. SONY XPERIA Z3 COMPACT:
The device has a screen size of 4.6" and delivers resolution of 1280x720 pixels on Google Android KitKat OS. The phone sports 20.7 MP camera with auto focus and scores high on durability by being waterproof.

1. APPLE iPHONE 6 (Price: Rs 52,499 on Amazon):
Launched on September 9, 2014, the phone with a 4.7-inch screen and having 1334 X 750 pixel resolution display, is a treat for tech freaks. Apple claims that the A8, 64-bit chip is 25 per cent more powerful than its predecessor and offers 50 per cent faster graphics.

Gadgets the world most searched for in 2014

The consumer electronics market was buzzing throughout 2014 as many companies launched new products across categories. Internet search giant Google released its list of top 10 gadgets that were most searched globally. Take a look.

10. iPad Air 2: With 6.1-mm depth, this tablet is 1.4 mm thinner than the previous generation iPad Air and 0.8 mm thinner than the iPhone 6.

9. Nokia X: The Finnish handset giant made news early in 2014 when it launched its first Android smartphone, Nokia X. A price tag of Rs 8,599 further made it the talk of the town.

8. Apple Watch: The smartwatch is much more than just a timepiece. It's Apple Pay technology allows users to pay for purchases instantly. It is also equipped with fitness apps that let you track your health status regularly and set goals for it, too.

7. Xbox One: The gaming console made news throughout the year. Aside from competing with Sony's PlayStation 4 in the sales department, XBox One stopped retailing with the Kinect sensor, was launched in India in September and entered China finally in 2014.

6. LG G3: The only LG product the world talked about more than the others. Novel specs and features with an incredible 2,560 x 1,440 resolution helped the G3 captivate tech buffs' attention.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The Android 4.4 (Kitkat) smartphone sports a 5.7-inch quad HD super AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad core processor. It was launched in India on October 14 at Rs 58,300.

4. Moto G: At Rs 12,999, Motorola catered to the masses with this affordable pure Android smartphone. Aside from offering great specs at affordable pricing, the company kept the world talking about the device by launching the next gen Moto G later in 2014.

3. Nexus 6: The newest addition to Google's pure Android lineup was the first device to hit the markets with Android Lollipop (aka Android L), the search giant's latest operating system.

2. Samsung Galaxy S5: The next generation Galaxy smartphone from the Korean company made news for being waterproof and dust resistant.

1. iPhone 6: The latest iPhone was the most searched online throughout the world as Apple Inc joined the phablet bandwagon with the device's 4.7-inch display.

10 phones that created buzz in India in 2014

The smartphone market in India is growing fast and how. Google Inc has released its list of top 10 phones that were searched most online in 2014. Check out if yours made the list here -

1. Moto G: Motorola made a strong comeback in India with new launches, including the Moto G. In October, the company launched an upgraded version of the Moto G with even better specifications for Rs 12,999 (16 GB).

2. iPhone 6
Apple, on September 9 this year, unveiled the much-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with bigger displays and faster processors. The phone has made a lot of buzz in the tech world since its launch.

3. Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung, in April, launched its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone in India for Rs 54,300. Analysts expected the S5 to trigger a turnaround for Samsung and make the South Korean tech conglomerate a bigger hit in the smartphone segment.

4. Moto E
Motorola also launched the Moto E, which feature a 5.2-inch screen, 2.5 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16GB memory, 13MP (rear) and 2MP (front) camera and 2300 mAh battery.

5. Nokia X
Nokia launched the first of three smartphones in its 'X' series in India on March 10. The budget Android phone comes loaded with Microsoft services such as Outlook, Skype, Here Maps, etc.

6. Nokia XL
Microsoft Devices in May launched the Nokia XL, the flagship large screen offering from Nokia's 'X' family, for Rs 11,489 in India.

7. Xiaomi Mi3
Xiaomi, the Chinese handset maker, redefined the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of its Mi3 model, which proved to be hugely popular in the country. Sold exclusively on Flipkart, Xiaomi Mi3 got sold out within mere seconds in all its flash sales.

8. Samsung Galaxy Grand
Earlier this year, Samsung launched variants of its Galaxy Grand smartphone, including the Grand Neo for Rs 18,299 and Grand 2 starting Rs 22,990 in the phablet segment.

9. Moto X
Motorola launched its Moto X smartphone in India in a bid to make a comeback. The smartphone dominated the below-Rs 25,000 segment. The company launched an upgraded version, the Moto X (2nd gen), a sleek phablet priced at Rs 31,990.

10. iPhone 5S
Apple launched the iPhone 5S in 2013, but the smartphone made buzz in 2014 as Apple slashed its price after the launch of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

What Indians searched for online in 2014

Google has made the world a small place. Information on most interesting events and people is available just a click away. Here are the most searched personalities and events by Indians on Google in 2014.

General Election 2014 was the top most trending search in the current year. High hopes from current PM Narendra Modi, report card of his Gujarat government and the dismal show put up by the UPA government in its second term garned maximum attention from people.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup took place at several venues across Brazil. Germany won the tournament and took its fourth title, its first since the reunification of West and East Germany in 1990, by defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final - the same result as the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final. The sporting event was the second most searched on Google.

Apple's premium device iPhone 6 was launched on September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 series jointly serves as a successor to the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 series includes a number of changes over its predecessor, including models with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communications-based mobile payments offering.

PM Narendra Modi is perhaps the most searched personality on Google in 2014. Modi, India's 15th PM, is a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who served as the CM of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014.

IPL 2014 was among the top most searched event on Google this year. The tournament was held from 16 April to 1 June 2014. There were eight teams in the season, one fewer than in 2013 after the withdrawal of the Pune Warriors India. The Kolkata Knight Riders won the 2014 season.

Salman Khan starrer Kick was among the top Google searches in 2014. The movie collected Rs 355 crore worldwide. It also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Randeep Hooda in the lead role and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, portraying the main antagonist of the film.

Another Bollywood movie Jai Ho starring Salman Khan was the top  attraction on Google search. Though the movie could not make it big on the boxoffice, it gave the social message of helping others in need. The movie directed by Sohail Khan featured Tabu and newcomer Daisy Shah in lead roles alongside Danny Denzongpa as the antagonist.

Shah Rukh Khan starrer Happy New Year also featured in the top Google searches. The action heist comedy film is directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film also featured Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015 was among the top trending searches in 2014. The all-India examination primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science.

Sunny Leone starrer Bollywood movie Ragini MMS 2 is among the top trending searches on Google in 2014. The movie is the sequel to the 2011 horror movie Ragini MMS.

How the personal finance sector fared in 2014

The year 2014 proved to be tumultuous for equities towards the end. Other investments proved to be a mixed bag with gold falling lesser compared to the previous year. Here's a look at what made news in personal finance in 2014.

The benchmark Sensex rose 29.5 per cent from January 1, 2014 till 19 December 2014. The index fell 30 points or 0.14 per cent on global cues to 21,140.48. By 19 December, the 30-share index rose to 27,371 points, 0.90 per cent higher than the previous trading session.

The equity MFs assets under management (AUMs) rose from about Rs 1,77,000 crore in January 2014 to Rs 2,80,397 crore in Septmber 2014. In July 2013, they stood at Rs 1,62,609 crore, rising around 72.44 per cent by September 2014.

Gold prices, which crashed by 28 percent in 2013 have seen moderate downswing this year. On January 1 2014, gold price stood at Rs 28,780 per 10 gram. On December 21, 2014, the price stood at 27,250 per 10 gm, defining a 5.1 per cent fall till date.

In terms of returns on equity, MFs such as HDFC Top 200 fund (G), Birla SL Long term Advantage,  SBI Blue Chip Fund (G), UTI Equity Fund (G), Birla SL Frontline Equity (G) and ICICI Prudential top 200 Fund (G) were the top performers in the large cap segment with 1 year returns of 62.4 per cent, 61.8 per cent, 55.6 per cent, 54.6 per cent, 51.2 per cent and 51.1 per cent, respectively.

Over five crore provident fund subscribers governed by the EPFO will get 8.75 per cent interest on their deposits for the current fiscal. The finance ministry has ratified the rate for 2014-15, after a decision was taken to retain the interest payout at this level by the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation.

The Narendra Modi government in its Budget raised the deposit money under Public Provident Fund (PPF) to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh earlier. This implies Rs 50,000 more can brought into the tax-free income  of the assessee. PPF is a 15-year investment scheme under which an investor enjoys tax exemption at the time of deposit, accrual of interest and withdrawal.

What had the tech world talking in 2014

Besides gadget launches - including smartphones, tablets and playstations, among others - the tech world was abuzz with tech biggies making big announcements. Some were personal too. Here's a recap of the year that was in the world of technology.

Microsoft buys Nokia
Microsoft closed its much-awaited US $7.2-billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business in April. The deal was announced in September 2013. Later in October, Microsoft announced that it would transition to the 'Microsoft Lumia' name and drop the 'Nokia' name from its Lumia smartphones.

Satya Nadella becomes Microsoft CEO
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella was named the chief executive officer of Microsoft, to become the third CEO of the software major. Social media was abuzz with the appointment as Nadella is of Indian origin.
He was also in the news for wrong reasons when he passed a comment on wages of women, which didn't digest well with people.

Facebook buys Whatsapp
Facebook announced its acquisition of Whatsapp in February this year and closed the deal in early October for a whooping US $22 billion. The Whatsapp acquisition is expected to play a big role in Facebook's bid to connect the next billion people to its network, with a growing number of Internet users on mobiles, which is Whatsapp's forte.

Xiaomi enters India
The Chinese handset maker redefined the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of Mi3. Sold exclusively on Flipkart, Xiaomi Mi3 sold out within mere seconds in all its flash sales. The Redmi Note also followed Mi3's steps and was sold out within seconds.

Apple enters phablet market
Apple, on September 9 this year, unveiled the much-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with bigger displays and faster processors. The phone has made a lot of buzz in the tech world since its launch.

Nexus 6
Google unveiled its 6-inch Nexus 6 smartphone on October 16, 2014. The newest addition to Google's pure-Android lineup has been in the news since its launch for better specs and new OS - Android Lollipop.

Smartwatches:
Smartwatches were not a new entrant in the tech world but tech majors like Apple and Samsung unveiled their wearables in 2014. The Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S and the Asus Zenwatch were some of the smartwatches unveiled during the year. The Asus Zenwatch, expected to be priced under Rs 20,000, will give competition to its more popular but expensive peers.

Microsoft Xbox
The gaming console made news throughout the year. Aside from competing with Sony's PlayStation 4 in the sales department, XBox One stopped retailing with the Kinect sensor, was launched in India in September and entered China finally in 2014.

Apple Pay
The tech world was abuzz with Apple's new launches in 2014. One of the was Apple Pay, a mobile payment/wallet system. Available only in the US for now, Apple Pay allows iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 owners to pay for goods within compatible apps by simply swiping a finger with Touch ID.

Self-driving Google Car
With everything becoming smart nowadays, the newest to join the bandwagon is cars. Google unveiled the world's first 'fully-functional' self-driving car and in December. The futuristic vehicle lacks basic car parts like a steering wheel and brakes, because it doesn't need them.

India's Mars mission success with Mangalyaan
India successfully placed the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) aircraft (or Mangalyaan) in the red planet's orbit to become the first country in the world to succeed in such an inter-planetary mission in its maiden attempt. Mangalyaan was also named one of the best inventions of 2014 by TIME magazine.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10
Software major Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, its newest and awaited operating system update, after the hugely unpopular Windows 8 OS. The company skipped number 9 to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers.

Tim Cook comes out
Being the CEO of one of the biggest technology companies in the world, Apple's Tim Cook makes news for the smallest of things. But, Cook made big news when he came out as gay through a column for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Blackberry ends restructuring process
BlackBerry closed its 3-year-long restructuring chapter, which it undertook to reinvent itself by divesting in businesses and cuting down workforce by as much as 60 per cent.
The company also made buzz with the launch of its square-shaped Passport device. Gadgets&Gizmos' Nidhi Singhal deemed the phone as awkward-shaped and not for the masses.

Drones tested for commercial use
Drone technology was not new to 2014, but companies using it in new ways brought it in news. E-commerce major Amazon tested drone-delivery of packages in the US. In India, Mumbai-based pizza outlet  Francesco's Pizzeria ran a successful trial delivery of a pizza. Well, watch out for drones in 2015.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4
Samsung unveiled its 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 smartphone to compete with Apple's new iPhone 6 models. The smartphone was in the news since its launch as analysts expect the launch to be a key driver of Samsung's revival and reviewers continued to compared the Note 4 with devices like the Apple iPhone 6 and Google Nexus 6.

Top cars that made their debut in 2014

Although, it wasn't a great year for auto industry in India, yet a host of new models forayed into the domestic market promising better performance, efficiency and comfort than their predecessors. Find out the top four-wheelers that gripped people's attention through 2014.

Ford EcoSport (Rs 6.8 lakh - Rs 10.2 lakh)

Ford EcoSport  has got all, from mesmerizing looks, to comfort and reliability that hooks. Besides both petrol and diesel options there is innovative and globally acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that debuts in India with this compact SUV.

Honda Mobilio (Rs 6.49 lakh - Rs 10.86 lakh)

The Mobilio is available in three variants - E, S and V. The sportier Mobilio RS, on the other hand, is available only with a diesel engine. Honda is offering seven different colour options and a two year or 40,000km warranty as standard.

BMW 3 series (Price: Rs  26.09 lakh - Rs 39.6 lakh)

The new 3 Series comes with attributes that sets it apart from its predecessors. It is faster, bigger, better, and certainly sportier than before. But genetically, the car remains the same. Mileage: 18 kmpl

Tata Zest (Rs 4.64 lakh for petrol variant, Rs 5.64 lakh for diesel variant)

Loaded with state-of-the-art features, the sedan helps you power through the week and be at ease through the weekend.

Maruti Ciaz (Starting Rs 6.99 lakh)

Ciaz is equipped with highly advanced features like Camera Assisted Reverse Parking, Keyless Push Start System and Smart Key. The car gives mileage of 26.3 kmpl.

New Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire
Price: Rs  4,84,197 - Rs 7,74,911

The DZire is the sedan version of the Swift hatchback. It is loaded with many features, striking looks, luxurious interiors and many safety components. It gives a mileage of 23 kmpl.

New Hyundai Fluidic Verna
Price: Rs  7,36,214 - Rs 12,27,891

The New Verna is packed with winning attributes including outstanding performance, impressive fuel efficiency, time-tested quality, and high degree of reliability. The sedan delivers a mileage of 23 kmpl.

New Honda City (Rs  7.19 lakh - Rs 11.72 lakh)

The all-new City is available in 5 trim levels with Petrol and Diesel variants - E, S, SV, V and VX with Manual Transmission. It gives an impressive mileage of 26 kmpl.

Honda Amaze (Rs  4.99 lakh - Rs 8.12 lakh)

Amaze comes out with stunning mileage figures of 25.8 kmpl for diesel engine. Honda Amaze also ranks high when it comes to comfort of the passengers.

Hyundai Grand i10 (Rs 4.36 lakh - Rs 6.40 lakh)

The sedan has earned the title of 'Indian Car of the Year' for 2014. Boosted with refined engines (1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT petrol and 1.1-litre U2 CRDi diesel), the latest Grand i10 is truly a great value for money product.

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