Hyundai and BMW win big at ICOTY
The Hyundai Venue won the 2020 Indian Car of the Year, with the BMW 3 Series bagging the Premium Car Award
THE ICOTY (INDIAN CAR OF THE Year) 2020 title went to the Hyundai Venue, while the Premium Car Award was won by the BMW 3 Series. The entire awards proceedings from the jury round to the award night was done with transparency with the help of official auditing partner, Grant Thornton India. JK Tyre have supported the ICOTY since its inception way back in 2005 and were the sponsors this time round too.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Raghupati Singhania, chairman and MD, JK Tyre, said, “This is the most exciting night for the auto industry and rightfully so. With automakers leaping forward and innovating at a rapid pace, this year brought many strong contenders to the table, making the jury's task of picking winners that much more difficult. JK Tyre's
support to the ICOTY and IMOTY Awards is a testimony to that fervor for excellence and being part of this remarkable journey has been simply wonderful.”
Upon receiving the award for the Venue, S S Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited, said, “It is a moment of great pride for all of us at the Hyundai family. Winning the sixth ICOTY award symbolises the trust and faith of the customers in the Hyundai brand. We thank all our customers, partners, media and jurors for choosing Hyundai Venue as the Indian Car of The Year 2020.”
This year's ICOTY was packed with many strong contenders like the Honda Civic, Tata Harrier, and Renault Triber. The Venue even beat the Kia Seltos at the points table, scoring 111 points as compared to the Seltos' 102. The Renault Triber rounded off the top three.
The Premium Car Award by ICOTY, reserved for cars priced above `40 lakh, went to the BMW 3 Series that beat bigger cars like the BMW X5, with the 3 Series scoring 105 points, the X5 getting 102 points and the Audi A6 coming in third with 67 points.
The ICOTY awards jury was made up of 16 members that included evo India editor Sirish Chandran and motorsport editor Aniruddha Rangnekar, Yogendra Pratap Singh (chairman – ICOTY) and Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today); Dhruv Behl and Ishan Raghava (AutoX); Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri (Car India); Pablo Chaterji and Kartik Ware (Motoring World); Bertrand D'Souza and Rohit Paradkar (Overdrive); Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line); Vikrant Singh (CarWale); Kushan Mitra (The Pioneer); and Girish Karkera (GQ India).
WINNING THE SIXTH ICOTY AWARD SYMBOLISES THE TRUST AND FAITH OF CUSTOMERS IN
Left: ICOTY contenders lined up at the BIC for the jury round. Below: Team Hyundai India, accepting the ICOTY 2020 trophy from the jury and JK Tyre and Industries Ltd MD Dr Raghupati Singhania. Bottom: Rudratej Singh, MD and CEO, BMW India, receives the Premium Car Award