So it’s the Hyundai Elite i20 ladies and gentlemen that has been adjudged the best car of the year by the ICOTY (Indian Car Of The Year) jury in Mumbai yesterday. And this Hyundai managed that amidst some really ‘elite’ competition in the form of the new Honda City and Maruti Suzuki’s latest flagship, the Ciaz!
Of course, other than these three, there were many other contenders battling it out to claim the top spot in the most prestigious of awards of the Indian automobile industry. The nominated cars were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel economy, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
Thereafter, the final shortlist was put through a further round of assessment by the jury members at Lonavala on 4 December 2014. After a session of evaluation followed by voting, the top three contenders in each category turned out to be the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City.
Every year, representatives from leading automobile magazines in India constitute the jury of ICOTY. This year’s jury comprised Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Arup Das (Auto X), Rohin Nagrani (Motoring World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Aninda Sarda (Car India), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Halley Prabhakar (Overdrive), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Murali Menon (BBC Top Gear), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Ouseph Chacko (Evo India) and Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).