Hyundai Elite i20 has been adjudged the best car at the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY), 2015. Since Hyundai Elite i20’s launch in September this year, Hyundai Motors India has received over 60,000 bookings and more than 32,000 buyers making it the most popular car among Indian car buyers.
This award has strengthened the position of Hyundai in the Indian automotive market. The other cars that were nominated along with Hyundai Elite i20 were the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the new Honda City from Honda Motors.
Hyundai has been the only car manufacturer till date, to bag the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) for two successive years. In 2014, Hyundai Grand i10 was awarded the ICOTY. In 2008, Hyundai i10 had bagged the same award. This makes Hyundai, the only car manufacturer to have won the ICOTY thrice since it came into existence.
The jury members of the ICOTY 2015 were Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Arup Das (Auto X), Rohin Nagrani (Motoring World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Aninda Sarda (Car India), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Halley Prabhakar (Overdrive), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Murali Menon (BBC Top Gear), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Ouseph Chacko (Evo India) and Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).
“We are honoured to win the most prestigious automotive award – The Indian car of the Year 2015 for our world-class product Elite i20. Winning 2 successive ICOTY awards symbolizes Hyundai’s commitment to Indian customers by offering world class standards of quality products, design and branding. With this, we intend to thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen Elitei20 as the Indian Car of the year and made Hyundai as the most loved and trusted car manufacturer in India and global markets. With such a challenging spirit, we will be consistently pursuing the development of Modern Premium technologies to innovate at every step to strengthen our brand globally and our brands with the customers,” says BS Seo, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motors India Limited.
Bob Rupani, Founder Member ICOTY & Chairman of the Jury, Indian Car of the Year 2015 congratulated the winning car Hyundai Elite i20 and said, “The 2015 “Indian Car of the Year” title represents the most prestigious recognition for the Elite i20, which embodies the Hyundai’s values of excellence. In our collective votes it has come out on top as a whole package which has led its way from innovation, design, superior technology, safety and value for money. It was very challenging to select one product for from the entire line-up of the contenders, since all the products have done very well in their respective segments and I am happy to see a car as good as the Elite i20 being awarded as ICOTY 2015.”
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) is the second largest car manufacturer in India. HMIL has its manufacturing plant near Chennai. HMIL has 405 dealers and 1,045 service points in India. The company also has its Research and Development (R&D) center in Hyderabad that endeavors to be a center of excellence in automobile engineering.