Countdown to Indian Car of the Year and Indian Motorcycle of the Year Awards 2018
The countdown to the most coveted automobile awards the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) Awards 2018 has begun, as car and bike aficionados wait eagerly for December 13, 2017. In less than two weeks, guests at the glitzy evening at Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi will be regaled to mystical fusion music by rock band Indian Ocean. Leading tyre manufacturers JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has been associated with ICOTY and IMOTY since their inception and sponsors these prestigious auto awards handed out every year to honour achievements in the automotive industry.
Launched in 2005 and 2007 respectively, the ICOTY and IMOTY Awards aimed at recognizing the efforts of auto manufacturers in India, are given out by a panel of automobile experts drawn from leading auto publications of the country. To qualify as a member of this eminent panel, jury members have to have a minimum of five years’ experience in reviewing and writing about various cars and motorcycles. With miles behind them, the members of the jury are the foremost authorities when it comes to understanding the finer nuances that set automobiles apart. It is this knowledge they put to test while picking up winners from a list of contenders, all very capable vehicles in their own right.
Winners are picked on the basis of set criteria, including fuel-efficiency, value, comfort, design, performance, technology and features. A major factor that goes into the selection of the final winner is the vehicle’s adaptability and suitability to Indian roads and conditions.
This year’s awards will be decided by a panel of jurists who have judged the entries on merit, examining each car and motorcycle against the criteria set for the category. Shortlisted contenders are leading manufacturers and innovators in their own segments and have posed a challenge to the jury in picking the best out of the best.
The list of contenders for this year’s ICOTY includes 16 cars, while as many as 14 motorcycles are vying for top honours in the Indian Motorcycle of the Year category.
ICOTY 2018 IMOTY 2018
BMW 5 Series Hero Glamour 2017 Edition
Honda WR-V Suzuki Intruder 150
Hyundai Verna Bajaj Pulsar NS 160
Isuzu MU-X Yamaha FZ 25
Jeep Compass KTM 390 Duke
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Bajaj Dominar 400
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Kawasaki Z650
Renault Captur Harley-Davidson Street Rod
Skoda Kodiaq Triumph Street Triple
Tata Hexa Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Tata Tigor MV AgustaBrutale 800
Tata Nexon Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
Volkswagen Passat Kawasaki Z900
Volkswagen Tiguan Benelli 302R
Mercedes Benz E-Class