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BAJAJ PULSAR RS 200 and RENAULT KWID awarded NDTV TWO WHEELER & CAR OF THE YEAR 2016

MUMBAI: It was a night celebrating fast paced thrills and glamour, the coveted NDTV Car and Bike Awards, presented by Future Generali and powered by Mobil was a scintillating affair indeed.

RENAULT KWID won the NDTV Car of the Year Award 2016 and Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 was awarded the NDTV Two Wheeler of the Year 2016. Leaders from the automobile industry, marketers, Jury members and PR persons joined on the occasion.

This year, the NDTV Car and Bike Awards saw a panel discussion on the state of the industry, the status of the crucial ‘Road Safety Bill’, and how the industry is looking to play its part to tackle growing air pollution. The eminent panellists included Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp, and Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki India. The discussion was moderated by NDTV Group CEO, Vikram Chandra.

Sumit Sawhney, CEO of Renault India was awarded the coveted Automotive Man of the Year 2016 for the launch of the KWID, and his bold strategy behind that success. The 11th Edition of the Awards also honoured products launched over the past year, across both car and bike segments and recognised industry leaders, advertisers, marketers and PR professionals from the industry

The Mobil CNB Viewers’ Choice Awards for both Cars and Bikes provided NDTV viewers the exciting opportunity to vote for their favourite car and bike nominees and stand a chance to take the year’s hottest wheels home. RENAULT KWID and BAJAJ PULSAR RS 200 were announced as the Mobil CNB Viewer’s Choice Car and Two Wheeler respectively. Virat Kohli was awarded the Brand Ambassador of the Year while the BMW i8 took home the trophy for Automotive Technology of the Year.

On the eve of the 11th edition of the awards, Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, NDTV Group’s Editor Auto & Head of Automobile Programming said, “What a superb year it has been, that has given us such competent and exciting products. The industry is also climbing back from its worst days, which is encouraging for us all. I remain proud that we deliver India’s most credible automobile awards! I have fiercely guarded the awards process and we had fantastic juries for the various categories, which made it even more comprehensive. As always we credibly honour the best of the auto industry while also reflecting the choices and sentiments of customers, manufactures and auto lovers alike.”

The Marketing and Communications awards categories had a special jury made up of SAM BALSARA, Chairman & MD, Madison World, VINOD NAIR, Chairman & Managing Director, Clea Public Relations,  RAJIV RAO, National Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, PRASOON JOSHI: Chairman, McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific & lyricist, RAZNEESH GHAI: Founder, Asylum Films, SHRUTI VERMA SINGH, Editor & Anchor, Strategy Head- NDTV Prime and  SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR, Editor-Auto & Head of Automobile Programming, NDTV Group

The product awards boasted a panel of eminent jury members including Aspi Bhatena, Editor, Car India & Bike India, Dilip Chhabria, CEO DC Design, Racers Aditya Patel, Karun Chandhok & Rayomand Banajee, Dr V Sumantran, Senior Industry Consultant, Kamlesh Patel, Rallyist & Auto Enthusiast, Pablo Chaterji, Managing Editor, Man’s World, Sirish Chandran, Editor, Evo India, PS Balakrishnan, Assistant Editor-Auto, NDTV and Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-Auto, NDTV Group.

The key categories include: NDTV Car of the Year, NDTV Two Wheeler of the Year, Car Manufacturer of the Year, Two Wheeler Manufacturer of the Year, CNB Viewers’ Choice Car & Two Wheeler of the Year, and Automotive Man of the Year.

To ensure a seamless and transparent selection process, jury members got a hands-on experience of each car and bike at the Buddh International Circuit, along with the nominee’s specifications, its market performance and details on its immediate competition. The jurors then led through a sanitized process filled out their assessment on each nominee and awarded points to all the contending vehicles. The scoring and voting system instituted by the World Car of the Year Awards was used in the selection process.

Ballot voting was conducted in isolation to other jurors and is monitored and organised by auditors Ernst and Young.   

 

Winners List

Awards Category – CARS Winner
SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR ·         RENAULT KWID
ENTRY HATCHBACK OF THE YEAR ·         FORD FIGO
PREMIUM HATCHBACK OF THE YEAR ·         MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO
SUBCOMPACT SEDAN OF THE YEAR ·         FORD FIGO ASPIRE
FULLSIZE SEDAN OF THE YEAR ·         TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID
MULTI-UTILITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR ·         RENAULT LODGY
ENTRY PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR ·         VOLVO V40
PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR ·         AUDI A3 CABRIO
LUXURY CAR OF THE YEAR ·         MERCEDES-MAYBACH S500
PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR ·         MERCEDES-AMG C63S
Performance SUV of the year ·         BMW X6M
SPORTSCAR OF THE YEAR ·         MERCEDES-AMG GT S
LUXURY SUV OF THE YEAR ·         VOLVO XC90
CAR MAUFACTURER OF THE YEAR ·         Maruti Suzuki India
CNB VIEWERS’ CHOICE CAR OF THE YEAR ·         RENAULT KWID
NDTV CAR OF THE YEAR ·         RENAULT KWID
COMPACT SUV/CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR ·         HYUNDAI CRETA
Awards Category – BIKE Winner
MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR UP TO 110 CC ·         HONDA LIVO
MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR UP TO 160 CC ·         HONDA CB UNICORN 160
MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR UP TO 250 CC ·         BAJAJ PULSAR RS 200
MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR UP TO 500 CC ·         YAMAHA R3
MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR UP TO 1000 CC ·         TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XCx

·         DUCATI MONSTER 821

SCOOTER OF THE YEAR ·         HERO MAESTRO EDGE
TWO WHEELER MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR ·         Honda Motorcycles and Scooters
CNB VIWERS’ CHOICE TWO WHEELER OF THE YEAR ·         BAJAJ PULSAR RS 200
NDTV TWO WHEELER OF THE YEAR ·         BAJAJ PULSAR RS 200
GENERAL AWARDS Winner
AUTOMOTIVE MAN OF THE YEAR 2016 ·         SUMIT SAWHNEY, CEO of Renault India
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR ·         BMW i8
DESIGN OF THE YEAR (CAR) ·         RENAULT KWID
DESIGN OF THE YEAR (TWO WHEELER) ·         DUCATI MONSTER
 CREATIVE Television Commercial (2 Wheeler) ·         Winner –  Bajaj CT 100 (KHUSHIYON KA JACKPOT)
Runner up – TVS Scooty Zest 110 (College waali gaadi)
CREATIVE Television Commercial OF THE YEAR (4 Wheeler) ·         Winner –  MAHINDRA XUV 500 (MAY YOUR LIFE BE FULL OF STORIES)
Runner up – VW Jetta

·         Special JURY mention –
Datsun GO PLUS (FAMILY WAGON) and MAHINDRA TUV 300 (LAUNCH FILM)

Best Innovation in communication ·         Winner – Tata MOTORS FOR – Made of Great
Runner up – Bajaj DISCOVER (Zing – zong CAMPAIGN)
Brand Ambassador of the year ·         Virat Kohli – TVS
Best PR and Communication ·         Winner –RENAULT FOR KWID
Runner up – Audi FOR A6 MATRIX LED