Hyundai i10 has been adjudged ‘Car of the Year’, while Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS FI was declared ‘Bike of the Year’ at the annual NDTV Profit Car India & Bike India Awards. The ICICI-NDTV Profit Viewers Choice Awards were bagged by Maruti Suzuki SX4 in the car segment, while Hero Honda Hunk won in the bike category.
Jagdish Khattar, Managing Director, Maruti Udyog Ltd, who received the ‘Next Gen Automotive Man of the Year’ award, said, “I may feel that I have contributed something to the industry as I receive this award, but the truth is that I have been lucky to have the support of the best automotive engineers as employees and the most dynamic entrepreneurs as partners to achieve the success for Maruti. We believe that taking good care of customer need is not sufficient and taking good care of partners and employees is critical.” Maruti Suzuki India also won the ‘Car Manufacturer of the Year’ award.
Expressing his delight over receiving the ‘Car of the Year’ award for Hyundai i10, H S Lheem, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, “I feel honoured to receive this award and dedicate this award to our Chennai factory team and suppliers for their contribution in making this possible.”
Pawan Munjal, CEO, Hero Honda Motors Ltd. while accepting the ‘Bike Maker of the Year’ award, said, “I thank NDTV Profit, the jury and everyone involved with this prestigious awards on behalf of the Hero Honda family, and we will be back to reclaim this award next year.”
The ‘Small Car of the Year’ award went to Hyundai i10, Mahindra-Renault Logan was declared ‘Mid-size Car of the Year’, BMW 5-Series was adjudged the ‘Premium Luxury Car of the Year’, while ‘SUV of the Year’ was the Maruti-Suzuki Grand Vitara.
In the bikes category, Bajaj XCD125 was declared ‘Bike of the Year’ (up to 125cc), TVS Apache RTR 160 was ‘Bike of the Year’ (up to 160cc), Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS FI was ‘Bike of the Year’ (160cc to 250cc category). Suzuki Access was declared ‘Scooter of the Year’.
Jury for this year’s NDTV Profit Car & Bike India Awards included Dr V Sumantran, formerly with Tata Motors; Aspi Bhatena, Car India; Raj Nayak, NDTV Media; H S Billimoria, NextGen Publishing; former rallyist Sam Katgara; Bunny Punia, Bike India; Pawan Sabharwal, Subros Auto Air-conditioning Systems; Siddharth Vinayak Patankar and Kranti Sambhav, both from NDTV; John Sootheran, Emap UK; auto expert Rajiv Saharia; and Amit Chhangani, NextGen Publishing, among others.
NDTV Profit Car India & Bike India Awards is an attempt to felicitate the best among the best, showcased in NDTV Profit’s highly acclaimed ‘Car and Bike’ show. These Awards are automobile industry’s one of the most credible awards being presented every year by NDTV, in association with Car India and Bike India magazine team.