It’s that time of the year again. The country’s most exciting auto awards have been announced with the TopGear Magazine Awards 2011.
BBC TopGear India is the Indian edition of TopGear, UK’s best-selling auto mag. And the Indian TopGear awards have been in place since 2007. And instead of calling celebs and famous people to drive about 40 cars in a single day to pass a verdict, TopGear relies on its own editorial teams who drive and spend quality time with cars round the year.
And just like TopGear, the Car of the Year 2011 is the fast and fierce Audi RS5. “It’s not a conventional choice, but TopGear is never about conventions,” said Girish Karkera, Editor, TopGear magazine India.
Commenting on the TopGear Awards, Tarun Rai CEO Worldwide Media said “2011 has been an exciting year for cars and bikes in India with over 50 launches across categories. We are happy that BBC Top Gear magazine is the first to announce the best cars of the year. It is a comprehensive list that includes the Most Beautiful Car and the Best Value for Money Car besides another nineteen categories. And this year we are celebrating the winners at an awards ceremony which will be as exciting as the Top Gear magazine”
The TopGear car of the year is never about value for money or depreciation or a car that will sell by the hordes. A TopGear car is one that simply excites you and has you searching for reasons to take your car out even if you want to get nowhere.
“While the RS5 isn’t exactly a value for money car, in terms of performance it’s right up there with supercars, but costs less than half of a supercar, is extremely usable and practical on an everyday basis,” explains Girish on the team’s choice.
Other winners included the Maserati MC Stradale for Driver’s car of the year, the Volvo XC60 for SUV of the year and the Maruti Swift for Small car of the year. This year also sees the introduction of some new categories like Hypercar of the year – the Koenigsegg Agera – and the Reader’s Choice car of the year – Mahindra XUV 500 and cabriolet of the year – Audi R8 Spyder. “It’s a good problem to have for us. India is seeing the launch of several new cars and bikes that don’t fit into old niches. For instance, we have a Bike and Superbike of the year. And over the past couple of years the line between a bike and a superbike is beginning to blur. Which only shows the way the market is headed.”
Other winners include :
Most beautiful car of the year – Aston Martin Rapide
Luxury car of the year – Maserati Quattroporte
Car of the year – Audi RS5
Family car of the year – Skoda Rapid
Sedan of the year – Renault Fluence
Value for money car of the year – Mahindra XUV 500
Bike of the year – Honda CBR 250
Superbike of the year – BMW R1200GS
Interior of the year – Volkswagen Passat
Engine of the year – AMG 5.5-litre V8 Bi-Turbo
About the BBC TopGear
We are the Indian edition of BBC TopGear Magazine. Launched in India in 2005, TopGear is now amongst the most-read automotive titles in India with an ever increasing fan base. First seen as a TV series in the UK, TopGear is now one of the most watched and read title in the world with a global audience. Unlike your everyday automotive magazine, TopGear likes to keep it honest, funny and to the point when it comes to reviews, views and even buying advice. No beating around the bush, no sweet talk, no clichés. And it has this approach that has helped TopGear India be dear to a whole generation of people.