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Skoda and MV Agusta stand tall at the 9th TopGear India Awards

The 9th BBC TopGear India Magazine Awards ceremony returned to the Sofitel Luxury Hotel, BKC, for a night of glitter and glamour. The Car of the Year award was bestowed upon the Skoda Superb while the MV Agusta F3 800 revved off with the Stig trophy for the Bike of the Year.

Over a 100 new bikes and cars were launched in 2016, of which a select few were impressive enough to win the Stig, with some game-changers and surprises in the mix, while some made their long-awaited debut to Indian shores. The variety of cars and bikes that took the podium that night, included the Audi R8 V10 plus, the Nissan GT-R, the Ford Mustang GT, the Ducati XDiavel S, the Triumph Thruxton R and the Kawasaki Versys 650. The winners were selected, some unanimously and some not, by our writers and road-testers who live with the cars in question, subjecting them extensively to various driving situations and environments., a process that differs significantly from some of the usual automotive awards.

Among the high performance machinery, the winners list also had some practical, some luxurious and some quite rugged ones, like the Tata Tiago, the Mercedes GLC and the Jeep Wrangler. There was also a new category for the award for the Man of the Year for Mr C.V. Raman, the main man behind the Brezza that truly took the automotive industry in India by storm in the year 2016.

The final list of winners:
1. All-Rounder of the year: Maruti Vitara Brezza
2. Engine of the year: Porsche Macan 2.0
3. Luxury SUV of the year: Mercedes GLC 220D
4. Entertainer of the year: Ford Mustang GT
5. Hot Hatch of the year: Volkswagen Polo GTI
6. Value Car of the year: Volvo S90
7. Man of the year: C.V. Raman (Executive Director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki
8. Off-roader of the year: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
9. Quickest car of the year: Nissan GT-R
10. Limousine of the year: Skoda Superb
11. Scooter of the year: Aprilia SR 150
12. Supersport Bike of the year: MV Agusta F3 800
13. Lifestyle Vehicle of the year: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
14. Touring Bike of the year: Kawasaki Versys 650
15. Supercar of the year: Audi R8 V10 Plus
16. Green Car of the year: Honda Accord Hybrid
17. Design of the year: Triumph Thruxton R
18. Family Car of the year: Toyota Innova Crysta
19. Urban SUV of the year: Hyundai Tucson
20. Compact Car of the year: Tata Tiago
21. Roadster Bike of the year: Ducati XDiavel
22. Readers’ choice for car of the year: Maruti Suzuki Vitarra Brezza
23. Readers’ choice for bike of the year: Royal Enfield Himalayan
24. Bike of the year: MV Agusta F3 800
25. Car of the year: Skoda Superb

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