INDIAN CAR OF THE YEAR or popularly known as the ICOTY is a prestigious award bestowed upon the most deserving car of the year. In 2005, a panel of senior automobile journalists began the tradition for the first time, since when this award has gone from a simple media award to become the most credible and independently judged honour for the cars. The award is decided by a jury of eminent personalities from the automobile journal industry who vote on the final decision.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria for the Contending Cars
For a car to be able to contest for the ICOTY Award, it needs to satisfy the following conditions:
- Only new models are considered for participation.
- Facelifted models and models that had received minor mechanical updates, powertrains, etc. will not qualify.
- The car does not have to be Indian made; although it should be either manufactured or assembled in any of the Indian production plants.
- The car should have been available for sale from at least the 30th of November of the previous year.
- Cars that are imported as CBUs will not qualify.
The cars that can qualify for ICOTY Awards are judged based on criteria like price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
The Voting Process:
All the jury members are given a maximum of 25 points each. Each member is then required to reward one of the contesting vehicles with their preferred score based on multiple factors. Each contending car can be allotted a maximum of 10 points and each member is expected to allot at least 5 points to each car.
The Jury of ICOTY 2022
The 2022 jury panel consisted of the following eminent journalists:
- Dhruv Behl – ICOTY Chairman and Founder, autoX
- Ishan Raghava – Associate Editor, autoX
- Yogendra Pratap – Editor, Auto Today
- Rahul Ghosh – Associate Editor, Auto Today
- Aspi Bhathena – Editor, BIKE India and CAR India
- Sarmad Kadiri – BIKE India and CAR India
- Sirish Chandran – Editorial Director, Evo India, Fast Bikes India & Motor Sport India
- Aniruddha Rangnekar – Contributing editor at Evo India
- Pablo Chaterji – Executive Editor, Motoring World
- Kartik Ware – Managing Editor, Motoring World
- Bertrand D’souza – Editor, Overdrive
- Bob Rupani – Overdrive
- Muralidhar Swaminathan – Consulting Motoring Editor, The Hindu Business Line
- Vikrant Singh – Editor, CarWale, BikeWale and CarTrade
- Girish Karkera – Editor, Times Auto
- Kranti Sambhav – Editor and Lead, Times Drive
- Ashish Jha – Editor, Outlook Traveller
WINNER of ICOTY 2022 – Mahindra XUV700
Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, presented the 17th Indian Car Of The Year Award to Mahindra XUV700. It was received by Veejay Nakra, CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. XUV700 pushed the other cars back with a total score of 101 points in the voting process.
The XUV700 had a strong competition this year from Citroen C5 Aircross, Force Gurkha, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, MG Astor, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Skoda Kushaq, Skoda Octavia, Tata Punch, and Volkswagen Taigun.
ICOTY PREMIUM CAR AWARD 2022
Mercedes-Benz S-Class won the 4th Premium Car Of The Year Award beating Aston Martin DBX, Mercedes-AMG A35, Mercedes-AMG A45S, Mercedes-AMG GLA35, and Volvo S60.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Volvo S60 came up as runners up in this category.
ICOTY GREEN CAR AWARD 2022
Audi’s all-electric SUV e-Tron bagged the ICOTY Green Car Award 2022. This particular category was begun only in 2021 making this the 2nd ever ICOTY Green Car Award to be presented. In this category, the other contenders were Audi RS e-Tron GT, Jaguar I-Pace, Porsche Taycan and Tata Tigor EV. The RS e-Tron GT and Jaguar I-Pace came close to claiming the top place.