Next Gen Publishing Ltd (NGPL), a joint set-up by The Forbes Group and HDFC Ltd, has announced the NDTV CarIndia and BikeIndia Awards, which will take place on January 12, 2006 at New Delhi. This award ceremony is being organised for the first time to acknowledge the best cars and bikes introduced between January 1 2005 and December 31, 2005.
NGPL has a number of specific magazines that cater to photography, yellow pages, computers and automobiles.
Commenting on the awards, Adil Jal Darukhanawala, Editor, Car India, said, "Countries like Brazil and Australia have their own auto awards. The Indian auto industry is now consistent and growing at a steady rate and Indians have woken up to the romance of cars. Also, India is already the No. 2 market for bikes. We have adopted guidelines from the European Car of the Year for these Awards."
On the voting system he said, "We have appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as the validating agency to whom the jury members will submit their voting sheets. The winners will be announced only during the awards ceremony."
The organisers have made sure that the jury members decide the final awards through a foolproof voting system. The jury members come from diverse backgrounds and are some of the most famous names in the auto industry.
Jury members for judging the cars include V Sumantran, an automotive engineer; Ben Oliver, a writer on automobiles; Rayomand Banajee, rally champion; apart from Hari Singh, Sam Katgara, Aspi Bhathena, Siddharth Patankar, Adil Jal Darukhanawala, H S Billimoria, Pawan Sabharwal and Sudhir Sharma, Director, Elephant Design.
Nominees for the NDTV Car India Automobile of the Year award include Maruti Suzuki Swift, Toyota Innova, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Laura, Hyundai Sonata Embera, and Hyundai Tucson.
Jury members for the bikes include Dr V Sumantran, Rayomand Banajee, Hari Singh, Aspi Bhathena, Siddharth Patankar, Sameer Kumar, Adil Jal Darukhanawala, and Sudhir Sharma.
Ben Oliver, an expert on automobiles, said, "These awards are incredible. We have jury members from diverse fields such as engineers, designers, rally drivers, and journalists. The list of cars is impressive and it is interesting to test cars that have been built in India."
Nominees for the NDTV Bike India Motorcycle of the Year award include LML CRD 100, Hero Honda Glamour, and Hero Honda Achiever. The judging process for these awards began on January 9 in Pune, where all jury members got together to see and test each car and bike.