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Evo India - - SPECIAL FEATURE - sirish@gtop­ub­lish­ SIRISH CHANDRAN @SirishChan­dran

WHAT A TER­RIFIC BAT­TLE IT WAS FOR THE CAR of the Year crown at the 10th edi­tion of the Times Auto Awards, in part­ner­ship with evo In­dia and Fast Bikes In­dia. With the pits of the MMRT track, the venue for our jury round, filled with truly ex­cel­lent cars and SUVs we knew the jury would have a tough task on their hands, but no­body ex­pected the top two to be sep­a­rated by just one point. One point! Never in the his­tory of these awards have the re­sults been so close and it just goes to high­light the depth of tal­ent in the In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

These awards work on a very sim­ple for­mula. Qual­i­fy­ing ve­hi­cles, launched be­tween De­cem­ber 1, 2016 and Novem­ber 30, 2017 are grouped into the in­di­vid­ual sub-cat­e­gories. Af­ter ex­ten­sive driv­ing on the track, on a mix of in­ter­nal roads, and even on the off-road tracks of the MMRT, the jury sits down to pick the win­ners of each class. With the val­i­da­tion done on-site by in­de­pen­dent agency Met­ric Con­sult­ing, the class win­ners then go into the fi­nal reck­on­ing for the Car of the Year, us­ing a trans­par­ent scor­ing sys­tem based on the Eu­ro­pean Car of the Year. And these are the only awards that present all in­di­vid­ual jury scores at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the award.

Af­ter two days of driv­ing, test­ing and de­lib­er­a­tions emerged a Car of the Year to join the il­lus­tri­ous list of win­ners over the past decade of these awards – the Tata Nexon. Tak­ing home two ad­di­tional awards, the De­sign of the Year and Com­pact SUV of the Year, the Nexon was also the most awarded ve­hi­cle at the 10th edi­tion of these awards. It looks fan­tas­tic, has ex­cel­lent dy­nam­ics, strong pow­er­trains, great in­te­rior pack­ag­ing and that cru­cial de­sir­abil­ity to ap­peal to the In­dian car buyer. The Tata Nexon is a wor­thy win­ner of the Car of the Year ti­tle.

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