The eleventh edition of 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.