NDTV will present the seventh edition of the ‘NDTV Car & Bike Awards’ at the Buddh International Circuit, which played host to India’s first Formula One Race, on December 16 2011. The awards will honour the year’s best cars, bikes and the people behind them in the country’s vibrant automobile sector. Conceived in 2006, the NDTV Car & Bike Awards have emerged as the most credible automobile industry awards that have created a niche for themselves in the automobile industry, and with automobile lovers. The NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2012 will once again give a chance to viewers to vote for their favourite car and bike nominees and also stand a chance to ride the year’s hottest wheels home
The nominees for CNB Viewers’ Choice Two Wheeler are Bajaj Boxer 150, Hero Impulse, Honda CBR250R and Yamaha YZF R-15 V2.0; and the nominees for CNB Viewers' Choice Car are Chevrolet Beat Diesel, Ford Fiesta, Honda Brio, Hyundai Verna, Mahindra XUV500, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Nissan Sunny, Renault Fluence, Skoda Rapid, and Toyota Etios Liva. The NDTV Car & Bike Awards place a lot of emphasis on green technology by rewarding environmentally friendly work done by the industry with the NDTV Green Award. Announcing the seventh edition of the awards, Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-Auto, NDTV Group said, “It’s been a tough year for the industry, with a sales slowdown casting a shadow over proceedings.
The huge shift to diesel cars due to rising fuel costs has also impacted not just sales but strategies too. Supply chains in Japan and Thailand were also severely affected due to natural calamities. In all this, it’s definitely the new launches that kept the momentum going, and I am excited we have had such fierce competition from a wide variety of products to choose from this year. As always, our awards credibly honour the best of auto, while also reflecting the choices and sentiments of customers, manufacturers and auto lovers alike.”
To ensure a fool proof and fair selection process, the eminent jurors assess and award each nominee in complete isolation to other jurors. Each car and bike nominated is driven, evaluated and tested by the jury along with a detailed research on each nominee's specifications, its market performance and its immediate competition also being provided to them. The process is monitored by our tabulators at Ernst and Young. The results will only be revealed as the envelopes are opened on Awards Night on the 16th of December 2011. The winners of this year’s awards will be selected by an eminent jury consisting of an expert panel of auto aficionados.
Dr V Sumantran, Hinduja Group, Dilip Chhabria, DC Design, Sarika Sherawat, Rallyist, Armaan Ebrahim, Formula Two Racer, Gul Panag, Biker, Auto Columnist & Enthusiast
Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-Auto, NDTV Network The awards also recognize Marketing, Advertising and Communication efforts of the players which contribute to any product's success, with the CNB-AAA Awards. The categories in this include Best PR & Communications Team, Best Integrated Campaign, Best Creative Film (Two Wheeler & Four Wheeler categories) and Best Brand Ambassador.
R Balki, Chairman & Creative Director, Lowe and Filmmaker, Agnelo Dias, Founder, Taproot Films, Dorab Sopariwala, Editorial Advisor to NDTV, Prema Sagar, Principal & Founder, Genesis Burson Marsteller, Shruti Verma Singh, Editor, All About Ads, Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-Auto, NDTV Network