The Indian Car of the Year or ICOTY – accepted as the most honest and desired auto award in India – is now in its 13th year. And this year, 16 new cars qualified for this award. However, only nine made it to the final jury round held on 4 December.
The nine finalists included the Honda WR-V, the Hyundai Verna, the Jeep Compass, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the Renault Captur, the Skoda Kodiaq, the Tata Nexon and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The ICOTY jury, which includes representatives from nine member magazines, and two jurors brought in this year in their individual capacities, voted on the nine finalists. The eligible cars were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, features, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money and above all, suitability for Indian consumers and driving conditions.
Each juror had 25 points that had to be awarded to a minimum of five cars with a maximum top score of 10 points for any one of the finalists. However, no juror was permitted to award the same top score to two different cars.
With the jury round now closed, the winner of ICOTY 2018 will be announced tomorrow evening. Stay tuned to find out the most deserving new car that rolled out in 2017.