TopGear announces the 2011 awards, names Audi RS5 as ‘Car of 2011’

13 Dec,2011

By A Correspondent


The country’s most exciting auto awards, TopGear Magazine Awards 2011, have been announced. Supported by Principal Mutual Funds, Wrangler, Zync Tablets, the TopGear Awards was one glitzy night with the who’s who of the nation’s auto industry, corporate houses and celebrities in attendance. With Black Dog Easy Evenings in charge of beverages, it was but natural to have Party Hard Drivers as the responsibility partner. With professional drivers in charge of dropping people home, nobody drove back drunk.


And 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 magazineIndia. BBC TopGearIndia, the Indian edition ofTopGear,UK’s best-selling auto magazine, has been in place since 2007. 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 to drive and spend quality time with cars round the year.


Commenting on the TopGear Awards, Tarun Rai CEO Worldwide Media said “2011 has been an exciting year for cars and bikes inIndiawith 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.”


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.Indiais 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

Family car of the year – Skoda Rapid

Sedanof 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



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