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Ford Figo bags ICOTY award

15/01/2011 | Author: Autoguide | 0 Comments Back To Home   < Previous News   |   Next news >

The award ceremony

JK Tyre, in association with the top auto magazines in India, presented the country’s most prestigious automotive excellence award - the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2011 and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2011 (IMOTY) at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. The Honda CB Twister bagged the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2011, while Ford Figo was conferred with the Indian Car of the Year 2011. Congratulating the winners of ICOTY & IMOTY, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Vice Chairman & MD, JK Tyre said, "We are here to celebrate the achievements of the Indian automobile industry and to honour the focused and rigorous efforts made by auto makers in the areas of Design excellence and innovation and R&D. The 'Indian Car of the Year' and 'Indian Motorcycle of the Year' awards recognize the auto manufacturer with the highest level of performance in terms of product development, quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, project management and customer service." The nominees were judged by a panel of senior automobile experts who got together to vote for the most impressive car and motorcycle of the year. Using their analytic skills and competence, the expert  jury  evaluated  and  tested  the cars and motorcycles nominated. The voting  system  is  very  fair  and transparent which makes the ICOTY and IMOTY amongst the most credible and coveted awards. The cars and motorcycles nominated were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, design, comfort, sa­fety, manoeuvrability, performance, fu­nctionality, environmental responsibility and driver/rider satisfaction among others. In addition, technical innovation and value for money were particularly im­portant factors while deciding on the winner. "The Indian Car of the Year award reflects India's standing in the global automotive market. It recognizes the efforts made by manufacturers to give us Indians the cars that have been engineered with us in mind. Over six years, the ICOTY award has grown in stature and today, it's something that all car manufacturers in India aspire for," said Mr Srinivas Krishnan, Editor, Business Standard Motoring and Chairman, ICOTY 2011. In the ICOTY Category, while Ford Figo emerged as the clear winner with 83 points, Volkswagen Vento came second with 57 points. There was a tie for the third spot between Volkswagen polo and Skoda Yeti with 37 points. On   winning   the   ICOTY   award  Mr Michael Boneham, President& MD, Ford India said, "Coming close on the heels of the Figo's immense popularity with over 58,000 units sold in past eight months, this industry-wide recognition truly establishes it as a performance car. The critical acclaim from the experts reinforces the faith in Figo as one of the best products in its class available today." The finalists for the ICOTY category this year were Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Nissan Micra, Skoda Yeti, Tata Aria, Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Vento. The finalists for the IMOTY category were Bajaj Pulsar 135LS, Bajaj Discover 150, Honda CB Twister, Mahindra Stallio, TVS Jive and TVS Max4R. The esteemed jury for ICOTY and IMOTY comprised Mr Bob Rupani and Mr Gautam Sen from Auto India, Mr Sirish Chandran and Mr Bertrand D'Souza from Overdrive, Mr Girish Karkera and Mr Sriram Narayanan from Top Gear, Aspi Bhathena from Car India, Mr Srinivas Krishnan and Mr Pablo Chaterji from Business Standard Motoring and Mr Yogendra Pratap and Mr Vikrant Singh from Auto Bild. This 13-member specialist jury consisting of senior Indian automotive journalists is the best from the industry and together they have over 300 years of experience. There was a close clash between the top three motorcycles in the IMOTY category. Honda CB Twister won with 66 points while giving close competition was Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS with 63 points. TVS Jive was in third position with 48 points.  

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