- KIA Carens wins the title of the ‘Indian Car of the Year‘ Award 2023
- Royal Enfield Hunter is honored the award for the ‘Indian Motorcycle of the Year‘ Award 2023
New Delhi. : The most coveted and prestigious awards of the Indian Automotive Industry, the 18th edition of Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) & Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY), promoted by JK Tyre since its inception along with Indias top automobile journalists concluded at a gala event in New Delhi. The night showcased the greatest level of automotive performance and was attended by leading businessmen, automobile fanatics, and visionaries.
Dr. Raghupati Singhania presenting the ICOTY award to Kia Carens
Recognized for its speed, mileage, and strong performance KIA Carens was adjudged the ‘Indian Car of the Year 2023‘ while Royal Enfield Hunter, popular amongst motorcycle enthusiasts was awarded the ‘Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2023‘. Catering to the increasing popularity, acceptance and availability of a vast range from various manufacturers of the Premium Car category in the Indian Market, ICOTY Jury instituted ‘Premium Car Award‘ under the ICOTY aegis in 2019. Mercedes EQS 580 won the Premium Car Award 2023. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles and strong initiatives undertaken by the Government, the jury of ICOTY introduced the Green Car Award in 2021 with an objective to recognize the contribution of manufacturers towards the future of mobility. KIA EV6 was awarded the Green Car Award 2023.
The awards were presented by Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, along with Dhruv Behl, Chairman, ICOTY 2023, Bertrand Dsouza, Chairman, IMOTY 2023, and other jury members.
Steered by a group of veteran & eminent jury members, the entries were judged basis multiple customer-centric criteria such as vehicle price, fuel-efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and suitability for Indian driving conditions, while deciding on the winner and conferring the awards.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners for making the best in the segment and honoring the excellence in the automotive industry. ICOTY and IMOTY are the most integral part of the Indian Auto Industry as they bring innovation to the industry. The foundation of JK Tyre stands for innovation, development, growth, technology, and transparency and these awards are the testimony of brilliance. I am sure it has been a rewarding and successful journey for everyone and this will continue to be so for years ahead. These awards motivate us all to come together and make the Indian Auto Industry renowned globally.”
The journey of ICOTY started in 2005 and the awards are today recognized as the most prestigious by the Indian Automobile Industry. The jury is comprised of domain experts from the leading automotive publications and media outlets and winners are adjudged after proper due diligence.
“It’s a proud moment for all of us at the Kia family. We are absolutely elated to be awarded with not one but two prestigious ICOTY honours – Kia Carens won the coveted ‘Indian Car of the Year’ and our flagship EV, the EV6, won the laurel as ICOTY ‘Green Car of the Year’ award for 2023.We are thankful to the esteemed ICOTY jury members for this recognition. We would also like to thank the sponsors JK Tyre for their commitment to helping recognise the best from automobiles year on year. This is a well-deserved recognition for brand Kia and speaks volumes for our technological prowess, capabilities and understanding of Indian market. It is a true reflection of our successful journey in India and a great motivation for us to keep working and contributing towards an inspiring tomorrow,” –Tae-Jin Park, MD & CEO, Kia India on winning the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and Green Car Award 2023.
On winning the Indian Motorcycle of the Year Award, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “This is our third award in five years and we are delighted to have won this. We thank the jury and JK Tyre for recognising us. Making motorcycles, spending time with riders, and most importantly riding them ourselves over the years, we really understood what it takes to make a lovely motorcycle for people who love motorcycling. The Hunter is our most accessible motorcycle in this range, and we are very happy at the love it has received.“
On winning the Premium Car Award 2023, Mr. Santosh Iyer, MD, Mercedes-Benz Indiasaid, “The Made in India EQS 580 is a benchmark for sustainable luxury motoring. The very fact that it’s India’s first locally manufactured luxury EV also highlights the global competencies of our colleagues producing this car at Mercedes-Benz India. We are delighted that our customers preferred choice for the most advanced luxury EV in India, is also adjudged as the Luxury Car of the year at ICOTY.”
Congratulating the ICOTY award winners, Dhruv Behl, Chairman, ICOTY 2023, said, “ICOTY has grown to become the most coveted award in India, as the leading experts in the automotive media all come together to pick the absolute best in the industry. We assess which vehicles have the most impact and which are the most suitable for the Indian market. The KiaCarens, Kia EV6 and Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 are each cutting edge and truly put the Indian customer in the driver’s seat.“
Bertrand Dsouza, Chairman, IMOTY 2023, said, “In 2023 Indian motorcycles was oddly contested, it was a very tough competition. What is interesting to see is that most of the contenders were not entirely meant for the commuter segment and this proves that motorcycling in India has matured – niche segment, niche purposes for a very niche enthusiastic audiences, that’s what has defined IMOTY 2023.”