The Indian Automotive Industry’s most coveted award- the Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) 2014 and the Indian Motorcycle Of The Year (IMOTY) 2014, was hosted by JK Tyre & Industries at the “Convention Hall, The Ashok, New Delhi“, on December 18, 2013.
The ceremony was to award those who have made a significant impact in the automobile industry. JK Tyre continues to celebrate automotive achievements in India. Following in this spirit, attendees of the award ceremony just could not wait to see and honor the most amazing car and motorcycle for the year 2014.
The evening started with mesmerizing performances by internationally-renowned percussionist Shivamani. He played numerous instruments like the drums, Octoban, Darbuka, Udukai, and Kanjira. No wonder he has fan that crosses all boundaries and demographics. He had everyone amazed to the sounds reverberating inside the convention hall.
And to add to the extravaganza, the evening was filled with unique fusion of Sufi & Ghazal by vocalist Runa Rizvi and Atul Raninga on the keyboard. The crowd swayed to every beat of Shivamani and to every vocal of Runa Rizvi, and Atul Raninga never failed to struck the right chord with the audience with his keyboard.
The nominated cars and motorcycles were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, and technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
Of many cars and motorcycles that were launched in the year 2013, Hyundai Grand i10, Honda Amaze and Ford Ecosport finished as the top 3 finalists for ICOTY 2014 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT, KTM Duke 390 and Hyosung Aquila Pro for IMOTY 2014.
Honorees were selected by a panel of judges and experts that aimed at recognizing focused, consistent and rigorous efforts that each auto manufacturers made to build something with highest levels of perfection and performance in term of design excellence, innovation and R&D.
The panel had notable as Girish Karkera and Sriram Narayanan (BBC TopGear), Vikrant Singh, Bertrand D’Souza and Subhabrata Marmar (Overdrive), Yogendra Pratap and Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen (Auto India), Dhruv Behl and Ashish Jha (AutoX), Pablo Chatterji, Rohin Nagrani and Kartik Ware (Motoring), Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri (Car India & Bike India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India) and Muralidhar Swaminathan (Hindu Business Line).
The evening was a celebration and sumptuous snacks/starters, cocktails and delicious dinner was served all through the event.
Congratulating the winners, Mr. Arun K Bajoria, President & Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited said, “The ICOTY & IMOTY Awards bear testimony of JK Tyre’s relentless commitment to the advancement and strengthening of auto ancillary industry in India. This is a preferred platform brought alive to acknowledge and reward companies that feel the pulse of customers and develop products in close accordance. I would like to congratulate the winners as well as the nominees of ICOTY & IMOTY 2014, who are leaders in true sense of the automotive industry. Together we will continue striving towards newer benchmarks for India as well as the global automobile market.”
Congratulating the winning car, Mr. Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear India & Chairman, Indian Car of the Year 2014 said, “Nowadays manufacturers are getting so competitive with making cars that it gets very difficult to choose one car over the other. The differences are sometime almost negligible and with our kind of fair voting system the verdict can go either way. Indian Car of the Year title is a respected one and I am happy to see a car as good as the Grand i10 now wearing the crown. In our collective votes it has come out on tops as a wholesome product with that added flair that has tilted the verdict in its favour.”
Mr. Vikrant Singh, Executive Editor, Overdrive and Chairman, Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2014 said, “This year we shortlisted four motorcycles; all at the top of their game. The Aquila Pro is a comfortable and torquey cruiser, the 390 Duke is fast and entertaining; and the Centuro is easily the best equipped entry-level motorcycle in the country. But, our winner, and by a decent margin, the Continental GT brings more to the table. It is good looking, dynamically stable, good to ride and it is well-priced too. No wonder six out of the nine jurors rated it as their top choice.”
Some snippets –
ICOTY and IMOTY are the bodies formed to recognize exceptional level of competence, innovation and technology in the auto & auto ancillary industries. The awards recognize the company with the highest level of performance in terms of product development, quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, project management and customer service. All the acknowledged jury members evaluate cars and motorcycles as a part of their journalistic work and are known for their professional competence.
JK Tyre, the Company has been actively promoting various disciplines of motorsports in India. The company lays special emphasis on establishing a wide distribution network and is a leading four-wheeler tyre manufacturer in India and 19th largest manufacturer in the world with a wide range of products catering to diverse business segments in the four wheeler automobile industry.
And I extend a mention of Thank You to Nitin Gupta for taking me along to witness the extempore of automotive industries.
Pic (c) – Nitin Gupta
**Kindly refrain from commenting on the people in the Photographs!