It all started back in 2005, when senior and eminent journalists from all the leading automobile magazines in India got together and decided to create and confer the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award.
This award is an expert and independent judgment of the best new car. The highly experienced jury members are responsible for selecting a single decisive winner, and the voting process has been designed to be very fair and tamper-proof. Criteria like price, fuel-efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and suitability for Indian driving conditions are particularly important factors while deciding on the winner.
The ICOTY is the most credible and coveted award, and almost like the ‘Oscar’ of Indian car awards. It is gaining prominence with each passing year, and credit for this must go to JK Tyres, which have been supporting this award and sponsoring the grand award ceremonies right from the inception.
The Hyundai Venue was crowned the 2020 Indian Car of the Year. On behalf of the ICOTY 2020 jury, Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., presented the ICOTY 2020 trophy to Mr Bryan Dong Huwy Park (Executive Director - Sales & Marketing) at Hyundai Motor India Ltd.). The Venue had to battle it out with some really strong contenders in the form of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS, Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Renault Triber and the Maruti Suzuki WagonR but ultimately it took home the crown with 111 points. The Kia Seltos gave the Venue good competition and with 102 points, it took home second place. Behind the Seltos, the Renault Triber claimed the final spot on the podium with 56 points.
BMW India took home the second-ever Premium Car Award 2020 for the 3-Series sedan. Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., presented the Premium Car Award 2020 trophy to Mr Rudratej Singh (MD & CEO - BMW India). The Premium Car Award takes into consideration all premium, performance and luxury cars that sit above the ₹40-lakh mark. These include both, locally produced as well as imported car models. The BMW X5 (102 points) and the Audi A6 (67 points) were runners-up in this category. It's worth mentioning that the BMW brethren were only 3 points apart, with the 3 Series jumping ahead with 105 points.