The 10th edition of the Times Auto Awards was held recently in partnership with Evo India and Fast Bikes India. Every year, the awards are given away to the most deserving among the luxury car makers and mass producers. This year, the award show was marked by the presence of distinguished corporate leaders and personalities who felicitated the technological marvels of the automobile industry in 2017.
The winners of this prestigious award were selected by a jury panel that comprised senior auto journalists, top designers and other automobile pundits. Three times racing champion Anindith Reddy, former rally champion Harish Samtani were among the panelists headed by author and auto journalist, Adil Jal Darukhanawala. The team dedicatedly evaluated more than 20 different models of cars and two wheelers at the Irungattukottai motorway near Sriperumbudur. As every year, leading manufacturers in the automobile and Bike industry like Honda, Volkswagen, Maruti, Tata, Hyundai, Renault, Mahindra, Ford, TVS, Hero and many more participated in the award show. The vehicles were evaluated on the basis of design, performance and price.
Tata Motors comes out on top
Tata Nexon bagged the Car of the Year award. Its stylish projector headlamps, Rear Split LED Tail Lamps, signature dual tone roof colour and Feline-Eye shaped Day Time running life which make this car a Gen X design in an affordable price range. Jeep Compass gave tough competition to Tata Nexon. Tata Motors also ran away with awards for best design, UV/MPV of the Year and Compact SUV of the Year.
Maruti Suzuki too has reason to celebrate
Maruti Suzuki had to be happy with the Manufacturer of the Year award. More celebrations were due for the company though as its Ignis won the award for the Best Hatchback of the Year. The extremely popular Dzire bagged the Compact Sedan of the Year award. Auro Gear Shift, K Series Petrol Engine VVT, and Dual Airbags for safety with the dimension of 3995mm in length, 1735mm in width and 1515mm in height were the reasons for the award.
Best Luxury car of the year was won by Mercedes Bens E Class with Mercedes Benz being declared the luxury manufacturer of the year. The car won the award for its cutting edge luxury sedan features like 360 degree network of cameras and networks, semi-autonomous Drivers plot which effortlessly reaches 130 miles per hour on the highways, autonomous changing of lanes, evasive steering, automatic parking and control via Smartphone, etc.
Best Premium Sedan of the year award went to Hyundai Verna because of its futuristic design, dynamic performance, Super safety technology and advanced features.