The NDTV Profit CarIndia & BikeIndia Awards 2006, which recognise excellence in the automotive industry, was recently held in Delhi. While Maruti Suzuki Swift won the Automobile of the Year award, Hero Honda Achiever won the Motorcycle of the Year award.
Next Gen Publishing Ltd, a Forbes Group and HDFC Ltd Enterprise, publish ‘CarIndia’ and ‘BikeIndia’, the only dedicated car and bike magazines in the country. Eminent personalities of the automotive industry, including Pawan Munjal, Managing Director and CEO of Hero Honda Motors; Jagdish Khattar, Managing Director, Maruti Udyog Ltd; Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto; Dilip Chenoy, President SIAM; Rajeev Chaba of General Motors; and R L Ravichandran of Royal Enfield attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Hoshang S Billimoria, CEO, Next Gen Publishing Ltd, said, “We have received very enthusiastic response from readers of ‘CarIndia’ and ‘BikeIndia’ magazines. We wanted to join hands with a credible partner to recognise excellence in the automotive industry. We are happy to have tied up with NDTV as they have a good understanding of the Indian auto industry, which reflects in their Car and Bike Show. These awards are the best media representation our readers and viewers can have on the automobile sector.”
Vikram Chandra, Managing Editor, NDTV Profit, too, shared the same sentiments about the partnership.
Maruti Suzuki Swift won the Automobile of the Year award. The nominated cars in this category apart from Swift were Toyota Innova, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Laura, Hyundai Sonata Embera, and Hyundai Tucson.
Swift also won the Small Car of the Year award. Ford Fiesta was judged the Mid-size Sedan of the Year, Skoda Laura won the Executive Car of the Year, Toyota Innova won the MPV of the year, while SUV of the Year was Hyundai Tucson. MICO Bosch India won the Safety and Technology Award. MRF Ltd won the Motor Sport Award and Honda Siel Cars India Ltd bagged the Car Maker of the Year award.
In the bikes category, Hero Honda Achiever won the Motorcycle of the Year award. The nominated bikes in this category were LML CRD 100, Hero Honda Glamour, and Hero Honda Achiever.
LML CRD won an award for the Bike up to 100 cc of the Year, Hero Honda Glamour won Bike up to 125 cc of the Year, while Hero Honda Acheiver also won Bike up to 150 cc of the Year. LML won the award for indigenous design while Hero Honda Motors Ltd won the Bike Maker of the Year award.
Hero Honda’s Munjal said, “We are delighted to get the NDTV Profit Car and Bike Awards. We take it as an acknowledgement of Hero Honda’s excellent overall performance during the year in terms of products, sales, customer care, innovation and profitability.”
The Viewer’s Choice awards went to Swift and Hero Honda Glamour in the car and bike categories, respectively. Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto won the Automotive Man of the Year award.
As was reported earlier, an eminent panel comprising Dr V.Sumantran, Aspi Bhathena, Hari Singh, Rayomand Banajee, Sam Katgara, Sudheer Sharma, Sameer Kumar, H S Billimoria, Ben Oliver, Siddharth Patankar, Adil Darukhanawala, Pawan Sabharwal and Kranti Sambhav were the judges.
The jury members tested the cars and the bikes on a customised stretch of 25 km in Pune. Vehicles in each category were tested for their overall design and packaging, their advances in creature comforts, occupant comfort, safety, mechanicals, their associated performance and the dynamic ability of the vehicle (ride, handling, braking, etc).
The ‘NDTV Profit CarIndia & BikeIndia Awards 2006’ will be telecast on NDTV Profit at 10:30 pm on January 21, 2006, with a repeat telecast the next day at 4 pm.