Hyundai Elite i20 has won the Indian Car of the Year 2015 (ICOTY) award. This is unsurprising as the Elite i20 has been receiving laurels from both critics and customers alike and the car has become the one of the best selling cars in India. Elite i20 has received over 60,000 bookings and has found 32,000 buyers within 4 months of launch. Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City had the fight going for the top honours at the 10th Indian Car of the Year awards.
With this award, Hyundai has become the only car manufacturer to win two successive ICOTY Awards with the Grand i10 winning the coveted title last year. Hyundai is also the only car manufacturer to receive the award for three times with Elite i20 (2014), Grand i10 (2013) and i10 (2008). The Jury of ICOTY 2015 included 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).
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. BS Seo-MD & CEO, HMIL said, “We are honored to win the most prestigious automotive award - The Indian car of the Year 2015 for our world-class product Elite i20. Winning 2 successive ICOTY awards symbolizes Hyundai’s commitment to Indian customers by offering world class standards of quality products, design and branding. With this, we intend to thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen Elitei20 as the Indian Car of the year and made Hyundai as the most loved and trusted car manufacturer in India and global markets. With such a challenging spirit, we will be consistently pursuing the development of Modern Premium technologies to innovate at every step to strengthen our brand globally and our brands with the customers.”
Congratulating the winning car Elite i20, Mr. Bob Rupani, Founder Member ICOTY & Chairman of the Jury, Indian Car of the Year 2015 said, “The 2015 "Indian Car of the Year" title represents the most prestigious recognition for the Elite i20, which embodies the Hyundai’s values of excellence. In our collective votes it has come out on top as a whole package which has led its way from innovation, design, superior technology, safety and value for money. It was very challenging to select one product for from the entire line-up of the contenders, since all the products have done very well in their respective segments and I am happy to see a car as good as the Elite i20 being awarded as ICOTY 2015.”
He also added, “I am very happy that the entire Indian automobile industry now recognizes ICOTY as the most credible automobile award in India. It is the one award that every auto manufacturer aspires to win, as it is the ultimate recognition of their product. A very fair voting system and an extremely qualified jury ensure that the best car for that particular year wins this award.”
Source : CarDekho