Honda Civic was adjudged the Car of the Year, while Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi rode away with the Bike of the Year Award at the CNBC-TV18 Autocar Awards 2007.
The winners were short-listed by a jury comprising Dilip Chhabria, India’s leading car designer; Naren Kumar, five-time rally champion; Hormazd Sorabjee, Editor, Autocar India; Manvendra Singh, India’s leading automobile historian; Renuka Kirpilani, Consulting Editor, Auto Show and a top-flight navigator in Indian rallying; Rajeev Khanna, a well-known personality in motoring and motorsport circles; and Shapur Kotwal, Associate Editor, Autocar India.
Commenting on the Awards, a spokesperson of CNBC-TV18 said, “Since their inception, the processes and expertise behind these Awards ensure that they truly reflect the choices and sentiments of all stakeholders and justify their stature as benchmarks in auto excellence. Not surprisingly, the CNBC TV-18 Autocar Auto Awards are the most trusted word on automobiles for consumers, manufacturers and auto experts alike.”
Awards were given in various categories including Manufacturer of the Year and even a Viewers Choice Award. Honda Civic also got the Viewers Choice Award.
Among the other award winners were Hyundai Verna, which bagged the Best Value for Money Car Award, the Best Design and Styling Award went to the new Toyota Camry. Honda Siel took home the Manufacturer of the Year Award, while Audi Q7 was awarded the Import Car of the Year Award. Honda CRV won the Best Driver’s Car Award, Best Component Manufacturer of the Year was Mico, Best Variant of the Year was Mercedes E-280; the Best Technologically Advanced Car of the Year was Mercedes S 350. The Mercedes was also declared the Most Preferred Car of the CEOs. And surprise, surprise, Delhi was declared the Best City to Drive in.