Hyundai Grand i10 and RE Continental GT are Indian Car and Motorcycle of the Year
Hyundai's latest hatch trumps all other cars to win ICOTY '14, while Royal Enfield's cafe racer is crowned IMOTY '14
It's that time of the year again, when all of India's leading auto magazines come together to separate the best from the rest, to distinguish one special entrant from all its contemporaries, to ascertain the leader of the pack. Yes, it's the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) awards presented by JK Tyre that we're talking about here.
And without further ado, it's the Hyundai Grand i10 that's secured the title of ICOTY 2014, while Royal Enfield's recently-launched Continental GT walked (or is it raced?) away with the IMOTY 2014 award.
Speaking on the Grand i10's victory, Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear India & Chairman, Indian Car of the Year 2014 said, "Nowadays manufacturers are getting so competitive with making cars that it gets very difficult to choose one car over the other. The differences are sometime almost negligible and with our kind of fair voting system the verdict can go either way. Indian Car of the Year title is a respected one and I am happy to see a car as good as the Grand i10 now wearing the crown. In our collective votes it has come out on top as a wholesome product with that added flair that has tilted the verdict in its favour."
The jury, consisting of our very own Girish Karkera and Sriram Narayanan, also featured other prominent names from the industry like Vikrant Singh (IMOTY '14 Chairman), Bertrand D’Souza and Shubhabrata Marmar (Overdrive), Yogendra Pratap and Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen (Auto India), Dhruv Behl and Ashish Jha (AutoX), Pablo Chaterji, Rohin Nagrani and Kartik Ware (Motoring), Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri (Car India & Bike India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India) and Muralidhar Swaminathan (Hindu Business Line).
Of the bevy of cars and bikes launched this year, the final list was whittled down to three cars and bikes - Hyundai's Grand, Honda's Amaze and Ford's Ecosport were the three four-wheelers chosen, while the RE Conti GT, KTM Duke 390 and Hyosung Aquila Pro were the top three bikes. Following a jury round at Lonavala earlier this month, the jury marked the participants on the basis of price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, and technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions. And finally, the decision was made - the Hyundai and the RE were the best of the lot.
Read our review of the Hyundai Grand i10 here
Read our first ride of the Royal Enfield Continental GT here
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