Gearing up (ahem) for NDTV’s Car and Bike Awards

15 Dec,2011

By Akash Raha


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 cards, bikes and the people behind them in the country’s vibrant automobile sector.


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 the sales slowdown casting a shadow. 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.”


Conceived in 2006, the NDTV Car & Bike Awards have emerged as one of the most credible automobile industry awards, and 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 the 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.


To ensure a fool-proof and fair selection process, the jurors assess and award each nominee in complete isolation from other jurors. Each car and bike nominated is driven, evaluated and tested by the jury, with detailed research on each nominee’s specifications, its market performance and its immediate competition also being provided to them. The process is monitored by tabulators at Ernst and Young, and the results will only be revealed as the envelopes are opened on Awards Night on December 16, 2011.


The winners of this year’s awards will be selected by an eminent jury consisting of an expert panel of auto aficionados.


Jury (Product)

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.


Jury (CNB-AAA)

R Balki, Chairman & Creative Director, Lowe and Filmmaker; Agnello 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

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