The 12th Indian Car of the
Year (ICOTY) and the 10th Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) Awards were handed
out to Maruti Suzki and TVS Motor Company for the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and TVS
Apache RTR 200 4V respectively in Mumbai.
The winner of the ICOTY, Maruti Suzuki Vitara
Brezza, had to contend with 18 other vehicles, who were all put through a series
of tests. Likewise, the winner of IMOTY, TVS RTR 200 4V, had to battle it out
with 11 other motorbikes. Assessments were made on the basis of agreed
parameters like price, fuel economy, styling, comfort, safety, performance,
practicality, technological innovation, value for money and suitability for
Indian riding conditions.
Dr. Raghupati Singhania,
Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, presented
the awards to the winning teams.
Congratulating the winners, Dr. Raghupati
Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited,
said, “It’s been over a decade since the first ICOTY Awards were instituted to
honour achievements and excellence in the Indian automobile industry. Today,
these Awards have set benchmarks for Indian automakers, egging them on to put
in their best foot forward and deliver vehicles, which capture the nation’s
imagination in all ways possible. JK Tyre has been associated with ICOTY and
IMOTY since the time of their inception, and it is with great pride that we can
say that today these awards have inspired automakers to innovate every year in
terms of engineering, design, cost-effectiveness, adaptability to local
conditions, not to forget consumer satisfaction, to stand out in the competition.
“I congratulate Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V for the innovation and creativity in their vehicles
and for being successful in satiating the needs of their consumers. This is a
deserving recognition of the efforts they have put to bring out the
best-in-class cars and motorcycles. At the same time, I would also like to
congratulate all contenders for having put in so much effort. It is in true
sense a celebration of the Olympian spirit of participation that makes everyone
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