6th TopGear Magazine India Awards event night
Every automobile award ceremony awards cars and bikes that are likely to sell the most, that will appeal to the Indian psyche, that will impress the lowest common denominator. Every award ceremony till the 6th BBC TopGear Magazine Awards. Here only the most fun, the most entertaining, the most path-breaking machines that set standards for new machines to follow are the ones drive away with the glory of whats unarguably the coolest emblem in the automotive dictionary – the Stig trophy.BBC TopGear India has now grown to be Indias second-largest automotive title and right on the heels of the magazines 100th issue, comes their 6th Awards celebrating the finest sets of wheels to have scorched our roads in the year gone by.
We are sure of what we choose, we can resolutely stand by our choices and ensure our choices remain credible till the next path-breaking machine comes along
Commenting on the BBC TopGear Magazine Awards 2013, Tarun Rai, CEO, Worldwide Media Ltd, said “There are trophies and then there is the Stig. The Stig is not an easy one to win. Our team lives with these wonderful machines through the year before passing their judgement. Its great to celebrate the hottest wheels of last year.”The hottest car this year is the Porsche Cayman S, the car of the year and KTM Duke 390 took home the motorcycle of the year award. Commenting on the choice for the ultimate winner, Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear India said “The Porsche is a sports car alright, but the standards it sets with its ride comfort, handling, everyday usability and driver engagement is something we wish every car – be it a budget hatch or a luxury limo -- would emulate.”Held at Sofitel Hotel, BKC, Mumbai, the awards night also saw cars as diverse as the Hyundai Grand i10 and Honda Amaze to the Aston Martin Rapide S and the Jaguar F-Type win awards. As is the manner with BBC TopGear awards so far, all the winners this year were selected by the magazines in-house editorial team who drive, ride and practically live with the cars all through the year as a part of their regular evaluation and test-drive work. A sharp contrast to the usual industry procedure of inviting outsiders and asking them to drive and ride a years worth of cars and bikes in a single day and make a decision based on a few minutes of time spent with the machines.“This way, we are sure of what we choose, we can resolutely stand by our choices and ensure our choices remain credible till the next path-breaking machine comes along,” said Girish Karkera. While last year saw a whole gamut of SUVs invading the market, this years awards saw significant improvements in already existing products. Cars like Aston Martins Rapide S and Volkswagens Polo GT were not all new generation cars, but the improvements they made in the last year with upgrades in the engine and gearbox made them as good as new cars. “The category for the most improved car was keenly fought for. Unfortunately, some very good cars had to be left out,” says Girish Karkera. The Aston Martin and the VW won the most improved import car and most improved car respectively.The winners are\:Convertible of the Year – Jaguar F-TypeDrivers Car of the Year – BMW 1 SeriesFamily Car of the Year – Ford EcoSportLuxury Car of the Year – Range RoverValue Car of the Year – Honda AmazeMan of the Year – Chetan Maini (Mahindra Reva)Man of the Year (Motorsport) – Gaurav Gill (Team MRF)Manufacturer of the Year – Mercedes-BenzMost Beautiful Car of the Year – Mercedes-Benz A-ClassInterior of the Year – Mercedes-Benz A-ClassExotic Bike of the Year – Kawasaki Ninja ZX10REngine of the Year – Audi 4.0 V8 Turbo Petrol (S6)Most Beautiful Bike of the Year – Royal Enfield Continental GTMost Improved Car of the Year – Volkswagen Polo GT TSIMost Improved Supercar of the Year – Aston Martin Rapide SMost Improved Bike of the Year – Harley-Davidson NightRod SpecialReaders Choice Car of the Year – Ford EcoSportReaders Choice Bike of the Year – KTM 390 Duke Scooter of the Year – TVS JupiterSaloon Car of the Year – Skoda OctaviaSmall Car of the Year – Hyundai Grand i10Sports Car of the Year – Porsche Cayman SSurprise of the Year – Hyosung Aquila ProSUV of the Year – Mercedes-Benz GL 350Bike of the Year – KTM 390 DukeCar of the Year – Porsche Cayman S