The 13th Indian Car of the Year or ICOTY 2018 award went to the new Hyundai Verna. The results were declared on the 13th of December, 2017. The event took place at New Delhi’s Taj Diplomatic Enclave and the award was presented to the company by the Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, Raghupati Singhania.
According to the Founder Jury Member, ICOTY & Chairman of ICOTY 2018, Bob Rupani, the award event has completed a fulfilling journey till date and these are industry standards in recent times. These awards reward automakers’ focus on hard work and innovation with regard to creating cars that are much loved by customers and are ideal for tackling Indian roads. He also congratulated Hyundai for creating the new generation Verna which impressed the entire jury with its styling, features, performance and customer responses.
Y K Koo, the Managing Director & CEO at Hyundai India, stated that ICOTY has been a major event for the industry and winning this award is a major landmark for the car and the company. He congratulated the entire team for creating the new Verna and also thanked the jury for recognizing the company’s efforts along with customers who have preferred this vehicle over other rivals in the segment. The jury comprised of 16 reputed auto journalists including Shubhabrata Marmar, Aspi Bhathena, Kartik Ware, Sarmad Kadiri, Raunak Ajinkya, Aninda Sardar, Sirish Chandan, Pablo Chaterji, Rahul Ghosh, Jared Solomon, Abhik Das, Arup Das, Debabrata Sarkar, Vikrant Singh and Devesh Shobha across organizations like Motoring, Bike India, Overdrive, AutoX, Top Gear India, Man’s World India, CarWale, Evo India and others.
The awards were instituted in the year 2005 for selecting the best car available in India based on factors like styling, safety, performance, comfort, fuel economy, value for money and practicality. The Verna came out trumps after beating 15 strong rivals this year. Hyundai has successfully won the ICOTY three years in a row from 2014-16.