Hyundai Creta has won the Indian Car of the Year Award 2016. The award ceremony for Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) was held at Hotel Ashoka. The award was presented by Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited and Bob Rupani, Chairman ICOTY 2016. Hyundai Motor India has won wins 3 ICOTY’s successively for its products: CRETA, Elite i20 and Grand i10 as ICOTY 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively.
This search for the country’s ultimate car of the year has been conceptualized in line with the American Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year. The Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) is the recognition of the best performing car launched in the last one year.
This year, the final short list of contenders saw a dozen cars and motorcycles battling it out for two of the automobile industry’s highest honours. The chosen ones were then put through a further round of assessment by the jury members at Lonavla on 4th December 2015. After a session of evaluation followed by voting, the top three contenders in the category turned out to be Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Renault Kwid. The nominated cars were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel economy, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, and technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian riding conditions.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Y K Koo, MD & CEO, HMIL said, “We are honoured to win the most prestigious automotive award – The Indian car of the Year 2016 for our make in India, made for the world product- the Perfect SUV- Hyundai CRETA. The CRETA is a true expression of ‘New Age’ Hyundai setting new benchmarks in the industry. Winning the third successive ICOTY award symbolizes the trust and faith of customers in the Hyundai brand. We thank all our customers, partners, media and jurors who have chosen CRETA as the Indian Car of the Year and made Hyundai the most loved and trusted car manufacturer. With innovation at its core, Hyundai will make global quality products with cutting edge technologies and fortify the Hyundai brand, caring for our customers in India and global markets.”
Congratulating the winners, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited said, “The automobile and auto-ancillary sector in India is growing at a fast pace. The consumer is ever-discerning and automakers seek to outperform each other. In such a competitive environment, JK Tyre and ICOTY & IMOTY Awards endeavour to recognise those who break the clutter with their innovation and deep understanding of the Indian consumer. Congratulations to Hyundai Creta for sailing through the rigorous judging process and emerging victorious.”