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Indian Automotive Industry’s Most Coveted Awards – Indian Car of the Year and Indian Motorcycle of the Year

New Delhi [India], March 10 (ANI/BusinessWire India): JK Tire & Industries Limited, India’s leading tire manufacturer and pioneers of radial technology, presented the most prestigious and sought-after accolades in the Indian automotive industry, the 17th car Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY), 15th Indian Car of the Year Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY), 4th Premium Car Award by ICOTY and 2nd Green Car Award by ICOTY at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi. The distinguished awards ceremony, which evokes the highest standards of automotive performance, was attended by industry visionaries, senior executives and automotive enthusiasts.

Highlighting its popularity across the country, the Mahindra XUV 700 was named “Indian Car of the Year 2022”, while the TVS Raider, which is a favorite among motorcycle enthusiasts, was awarded the “Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022”. Marking its fourth year on the ICOTY platform, the Premium Car Award 2022 by ICOTY was won by the Mercedes Benz S-Class. Finally, the Audi e-tron won the “Green Car Award 2022 by ICOTY”. This award was introduced in 2021 to recognize manufacturers’ contribution to the future of mobility.

Chaired by a panel of veterans and distinguished jury members, entries were judged on customer-centric parameters such as energy efficiency, safety, value for money, comfort, style, price, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, suitability, etc. among many others.

Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director of JK Tire & Industries Limited, presented the awards to the winners along with Yogendra Pratap, Chairman, ICOTY 2022, Aspi Bhathena, Chairman, IMOTY 2022, and other members of the judging panel.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director of JK Tire & Industries Limited said: “The prestigious ICOTY and IMOTY awards have become synonymous with excellence in the Indian automotive industry, honoring cars and motorcycles. The awards are as much about celebrating design and manufacturing excellence as it is about recognizing the exceptional craftsmanship of our Indian automotive industry, even in the face of daunting challenges. Today’s winners represent expert judgment on what is currently available to customers, and we sincerely congratulate the automotive industry on a very impressive year. It was an absolute joy to see the same zeal translate to the roads. These awards are a testament to this passion for excellence and being part of this remarkable journey over the past 17 years has been nothing short of wonderful.

Introduced in 2005 and 2007, the ICOTY and IMOTY, respectively, are the most prestigious awards in the Indian automotive industry. The eminent judging panel is made up of experts from the automotive fraternity field in India, and the panel finalizes the names after due diligence.

Given the unprecedented times, the awards were held in a highly secure environment to ensure guest safety and adherence to social distancing standards.

Representing Mahindra XUV 700, the winner of ICOTY 2022, Veejay Nakra, Managing Director Automotive Division of M&M Ltd, said: “We would like to thank the ICOTY 2022 Jury for awarding this honour. It is a resounding endorsement of the global design, product development, engineering, manufacturing and quality standards that have been put in place to create this world-class product, in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat’s vision of our honorable Prime Minister. It recognizes our continued focus on delivering a strong customer value proposition through innovative and category disruptive products.

TVS Motors representative who emerged as the winner of IMOTY 2022, Aniruddha Haldar – Senior Vice President of Marketing, TVS Motors, said, “IMOTY has always been the most coveted award in the automotive industry with sheer expertise that backs the level of the jury. The TVS Raider receiving congratulations from the esteemed jury was truly heartening with a deep sense of pride as we accept it on behalf of the entire TVS Motors team and all consumers who have shown their love for TVS Raider.

The ICOTY & IMOTY awards recognize and reward the rigorous efforts made by automotive manufacturers in the areas of design excellence, innovation and R&D to ensure customer satisfaction.

Winner of the Premium Car Award 2022 by ICOTY, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz said: “Thank you all for this recognition. The S-Class is proudly made in India and is a state-of-the-art premium luxury technology car.

After being honored with the “Green Car Award 2022 by ICOTY”, Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India said, “Extremely happy to receive the award from ICOTY, it is the best in the Indian automotive industry. We are also happy because we have launched 5 electric cars in India and the e-tron wins this award and our e-tron GT came in second place. We are grateful to our customers who have loved this car all this time and thank you to our entire jury for the recognition.

Congratulating the ICOTY Award winners, Yogendra Pratap, President of ICOTY 2022, said, “It is encouraging to see the incredible work happening around us despite the many challenges our industry is going through. I congratulate the winner of ICOTY 2022 and all competitors for focusing on the needs of the consumer.

Aspi Bhathena, President of IMOTY 2022, said, “The consumer is always discerning and always looking for something better. ICOTY and IMOTY recognize those who respond by raising the bar in their respective segment through their innovation and deep understanding of the Indian consumer.

Annex 1

Selection parameters

IMOTY: All motorcycles that qualify for these awards are new models. Existing motorcycles that have undergone a cosmetic facelift or minor mechanical changes, such as different horsepower or transmissions, are not eligible for this award. The country of origin does not matter, but they must be manufactured or assembled in India and be on sale in showrooms by November 30 of the previous year. The motorcycles should have been homologated for Indian Type Approval, but those imported via the CBU route are not considered.

ICOTY: All of the cars that qualify for these awards are new models. Existing cars that have had a cosmetic facelift or minor mechanical changes, such as different horsepower or transmissions, are not eligible for this award. The country of origin does not matter, but they must be manufactured or assembled in India and be on sale in showrooms by November 30 of the previous year. The cars should have been homologated for Indian Type Approval, but those imported via the CBU route are disregarded.

Voting process

IMOTY: The selection of the Winner is done by a simple voting system, where each member of the jury has a maximum of 25 points. Each member of the Jury can attribute a maximum of 10 points to a motorcycle. And each member of the Jury must give points to at least 5 of the competing motorcycles. A very fair and transparent system makes IMOTY the most credible car award.

ICOTY: The selection of the Winner is done by a simple voting system, where each member of the jury has a maximum of 25 points. Each member of the Jury can attribute a maximum of 10 points to a car. And each member of the Jury must give points to at least 5 of the competing cars. A very fair and transparent system makes ICOTY the most credible automotive price.

Annex 2 – Past Winners

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