The CNBC Autocar Awards 2004 car of year award has been won by the new Honda City. The sports utility vehicle (SUV) of the year was bagged by the Ford Endeavour, while the Bajaj Wind won the first ever best bike award. Maruti Udyog won the award for manufacturer of the year for its overall performance in 2003.
For the first time ever, the auto ancillary Industry was acknowledged at the CNBC Autocar Auto Awards, where Bharat Forge, MICO and the Anand Group were recognized for their performance in product development and manufacturing of auto components.
This year, CNBC-TV18 introduced the ‘Viewer Choice Award’, which was won by the GM Chevrolet Optra. The value for money car award was also taken by the Optra. The Mercedes Benz SL500 won the most technologically advanced car award and the best design and styling award. Tata Safari EXi won an award for more improved car of the year, while the best driver’s car award went to Chevrolet Forrester.
At another awards announcement, the NFO/TNS Voice of the Customer Awards 2003 were also announced for total customer satisfaction (TCS).
The Honda Accord won for best entry luxury car, while the Mahindra Scorpio won the award for best SUV. Maruti 800 won the award for best resale value in entry compact segment, Hyundai Santro for the best resale value in premium compact segment.