ICOTY Winners All-Time List – Which All Car Models Won Indian Car Of The Year Award So Far?

Check out the list of Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) winners till 2021, the latest edition of India’s most reputed auto award. 

 

ICOTY Indian Car of the Year All Time Winners

The majority of us choose to purchase an automobile that is already popular in the market. There are certain automobiles that achieve remarkable things in the early stages of their market sales among the greatest sellers. The “Indian Car of the Year” (ICOTY) award is awarded to a newly introduced automobile every year. In India, when Maruti Suzuki Swift received the inaugural ICOTY award in 2006, this trend began. The new Hyundai i20 was the ICOTY 2021. In this post, we’ll look at automobiles that have previously won the Indian Car of the Year award. Let’s get started!

Maruti Suzuki Swift (2006 ICOTY Winner)

Maruti Swift 2006 ICOTY winner

The trend of awarding car models sold in India started back in 2006. And, it was back then the first-generation of Maruti Suzuki Swift that bagged the accolade.

The jury members of the first edition of ICOTY (2006) were Hormazd Sorabjee (Autocar India), Shapur Kotwal (Autocar India), Gautam Sen (BBC Top Gear India), Bob Rupani (BBC Top Gear India), Bijoy Kumar (BS Motoring), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Adil Darukhanawala (Car India), Aspi Bhatena (Car India), Yogendra Pratap (Overdrive), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive), and Murad Ali Baig.

Honda Civic (2007 ICOTY Winner)

Honda Civic 2007

In the second edition of ICOTY, awarded in the year 2007, it was Honda Civic that bagged the award.

Hormazd Sorabjee (Autocar India), Shapur Kotwal (Autocar India), Gautam Sen (BBC Top Gear India), Bob Rupani (BBC Top Gear India) Bijoy Kumar (BS Motoring), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Adil Darukhanawala (Car India), Aspi Bhatena (Car India), Yogendra Pratap (Overdrive) and Sirish Chandran (Overdrive) were among the jury members.

Hyundai i10 (2008 ICOTY Winner) 

 

Hyundai i10 2008 icoty winner

In the third edition of ICOTY, held in the year 2008, it was Hyundai i10 that bagged the award.

Members of the jury that finalized the winner for ICOTY 2008 included Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Hormazd Sorabjee (Autocar India), Shapur Kotwal (Autocar India), Vardhan Kondvikar (BBC Top Gear), Bijoy Kumar (BS Motoring), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhatena (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Renuka Kriplani (What Car India) and Darius Lam (What Car India).

Honda City (2009 ICOTY Winner)

Honda City 2009 ICOTY Winner

The ICOTY winner in the year 2009 was Honda City. It was a well-deserved award like its previous editions as the revamped design of the sedan truly made an impact amongst the automobile enthusiasts in India during that period.

The jury members of ICOTY 2009 were Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Vikrant Singh (Auto Bild), Gautam Sen ( Auto India), Bob Rupani ( Auto India), Vardhan Kondvikar (BBC Top Gear), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Bijoy Kumar (BS Motoring), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhatena (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive) and Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive). 

Tata Nano (2010 ICOTY Winner)

Tata Nano 2010 ICOTY Winner

The ICOTY 2010 award was bagged by India’s cheapest car back then, the Tata Nano.

Jury members for ICOTY 2010 included Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Vikrant Singh (Auto Bild), Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Vardhan Kondvikar (BBC Top Gear), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Bijoy Kumar (BS Motoring), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhatena (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive) and Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive).

Ford Figo (2011 ICOTY Winner)

Ford Figo 2011 ICOTY Winner

Ford stunned the Indian auto market with the introduction of its Figo hatchback. The value for money offering and feature-loaded image of the car made it worthy enough to bag the 2011 ICOTY title.

The jury members of 2011 ICOTY event were Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Vikrant Singh (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Pablo Chaterji (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive) and Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Sriram Narayanan (BBC Top Gear).

2nd Generation Maruti Suzuki Swift (2012 ICOTY Winner)

2nd Generation Swift 2012 ICOTY Winner

The ICOTY 2012 was won by the second-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift. Since the dawn of time, this hatchback has been one of India’s best-selling vehicles. As we said at the outset of this post, Swift was the first car to win the Indian Car of the Year Award when it was announced in 2006. Maruti Suzuki Swift won the ICOTY in 2012, continuing a pattern.

The jury members for the Indian Car of the Year 2012 event were Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Vikrant Singh (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Pablo Chaterji (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Overdrive), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive) and Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Sriram Narayanan (BBC Top Gear).

Renault Duster (2013 ICOTY Winner)

Renault Duster 2013 ICOTY Winner

When Renault first introduced this product in the Indian market, the Indian public was completely enamoured with it. This automobile was an instant hit in India, and soon after winning the title of Indian Car of the Year in 2013, the Renault Duster began to sell in large numbers. The Renault Duster was one of the first new vehicles to take over the SUV sector, and it continues to sell well today in both normally aspirated and turbo versions.

The jury members of the 2013 ICOTY event were Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Vikrant Singh (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Srinivas Krishnan (BS Motoring), Rohin Nagrani (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Shubhabrata Marmar (Overdrive), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Sriram Narayanan (BBC Top Gear) and Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).

Hyundai Grand i10 (2014 ICOTY Winner)

Hyundai-Grand-i10-2014 ICOTY Winner

Before we get into the details of the vehicle, we’d like to point out that there are a lot more Hyundai automobiles farther down the list. Hyundai began receiving ICOTY honours in 2014 and has continued to do so throughout the decade. Hyundai’s Grand i10 won the accolade in 2014, and we believe it was one of the strongest contenders for the honour. Well, Hyundai’s Grand i10 was unquestionably a superb car and a fantastic value for money hatchback.

2014 ICOTY winner was judged by the jury members that included Gautam Sen (Auto India), Bob Rupani (Auto India), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Dhruv Behl (Auto X) Ashish Jha (Auto X), Pablo Chaterji (BS Motoring), Rohin Nagrani (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhathena (Car India) Sarmad Kadri (Car India), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Vikrant Singh (Overdrive), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Sriram Narayanan (BBC Top Gear), Sirish Chandran of Evo India and Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).

Hyundai i20 Elite (2015 ICOTY Winner)

Hyundai Elite i20 2015 ICOTY Winner

Hyundai made a significant update to their already popular premium hatchback in 2015. The Hyundai i20 was renamed the Elite i20, and this hatchback received some significant updates that helped it live up to its moniker. This version of the Hyundai i20 was very exceptional, and it deserved to win the ICOTY award. The Hyundai i20 was named ICOTY 2015; thanks to a fresh design and a slew of new features.

The jury members of ICOTY 2015 were Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Bild), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Bild), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Arup Das (Auto X), Rohin Nagrani (BS Motoring), Kartik Ware (BS Motoring), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Aninda Sardar (Car India), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Halley Prabhakar (Overdrive), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Murali Menon (BBC Top Gear), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Ouseph Chacko (Evo India), and Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).

Hyundai Creta (2016 ICOTY Winner)

hyundai creta 2016 ICOTY Winner

As we previously stated, there will be many Hyundais on the list, and here is another Hyundai that won the ICOTY award in 2016. The Hyundai Creta, Hyundai’s newest addition to the SUV segment, debuted in India and quickly became a huge hit, with demand exceeding supply from the first week of its release! Creta’s success was such that every other rival in the market had to consider how they might match or even beat Creta’s sales.

The jury members of ICOTY 2016 were Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Rohin Nagrani (Motoring World), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Aninda Sardar (Evo India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Ouseph Chacko (Evo India), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line) and Pablo Chaterji (Man’s World).

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (2017 ICOTY Winner)

maruti vitara brezza 2017 ICOTY Winner

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was another compact SUV pioneer, however, it was only available in a diesel model at the time. When BS6 was introduced, Maruti Suzuki decided to phase out diesel, and the Brezza was introduced as a petrol-only model. We’re talking about the diesel version of the Brezza, which took up the ICOTY award in 2017. Just to let you know, this is the safest automobile that MSIL has ever produced.

The jury members of ICOTY 2017 were Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Sriram Narayanan (BBC Top Gear), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Jim Gorde (Car India), Aninda Sardar (Evo India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Man’s World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Bertrand D’souza (OVERDRIVE), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).

Hyundai Verna (2018 ICOTY Winner)

Hyundai Verna 2018 ICOTY Winner

Another winner of the ICOTY award from the Korean manufacturer. Following the discontinuation of the fluidic Verna, Hyundai made significant improvements. To the sedan and relaunched it in 2018 with a new front fascia and more amenities. We’re guessing the Indian crowd and judges both loved this automobile a lot. In 2018, the Hyundai Verna earned the ICOTY award. Do you believe it was well-deserved? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below!

The jury members of ICOTY 2018 were Bob Rupani (Chairman), Yogendra Pratap (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Agasti Kaulgi (BBC Top Gear), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sarmad Kadiri (Car India), Aninda Sardar (Evo India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Man’s World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Raunak Ajinkya (Motoring World), Rohit Paradkar(OVERDRIVE), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line), Vikrant Singh (CarWale), Hani Musthafa (Flywheel).

3rd Generation Maruti Suzuki Swift (2019 ICOTY Winner)

Maruti Suzuki Swift 3rd Gen 2019 ICOTY Winner

It’s the only name on the list that appears twice. Every time the Maruti Suzuki Swift has been released, it has received the ICOTY award. The third-generation Swift was named Indian Car of the Year in 2019, after winning the honour in 2006, 2012, and again in 2019. Everything combined to make it the ICOTY 2019! Whether it was the radical shift in design aspects or the incorporation of practically all new-age functions, it was the ICOTY 2019!

The jury members of ICOTY 2019 were Yogendra Pratap, Chairman (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Girish Karkera (BBC Top Gear), Agasti Kaulgi (BBC Top Gear), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sarmad Kadiri (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Aninda Sardar (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Man’s World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Raunak Ajinkya (Motoring World), Abhay Verma (OVERDRIVE), Rohit Paradkar (OVERDRIVE), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line), Vikrant Singh (CarWale), Hani Musthafa (Flywheel).

Hyundai Venue (2020 ICOTY Winner)

Hyundai Venue 2020 ICOTY Winner

Indians knew they could have anything in between manual and automatic with the Hyundai Venue. Aside from the iMT, the Hyundai Venue also comes with a turbo DCT option. It was the clear choice for subcompact SUV buyers in 2020. Without a doubt, the Hyundai Venue deserved to be named ICOTY 2020. It was undoubtedly one of the greatest automobiles with groundbreaking technologies in 2020!

The jury members of ICOTY 2020 were Yogendra Pratap, Chairman (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sarmad Kadiri (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Aniruddha Rangnekar (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Motoring World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Bertrand D’Souza (Overdrive), Rohit Paradkar (Overdrive), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line), Vikrant Singh (CarWale), Kushan Mitra (The Pioneer), and Girish Karkera (GQ India).

New-Gen Hyundai i20 (2021 ICOTY Winner)

Hyundai i20 2021 ICOTY Winner

Although the price of this premium hatchback has gotten a lot of flak. Despite this, it was named ICOTY 2021. In terms of appearance and technology, the Hyundai i20 distinguishes out. The Hyundai i20 is the ICOTY 2021, beating out the Tata Altroz and Maruti Baleno. We are aware that it is little pricey, but it has still managed to win people’s hearts.

The jury members of ICOTY 2021 were Yogendra Pratap, Chairman (Auto Today), Rahul Ghosh (Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Auto X), Ishan Raghava (autoX), Aspi Bhathena (Car India), Sarmad Kadiri (Car India), Sirish Chandran (Evo India), Aniruddha Rangnekar (Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Man’s World), Kartik Ware (Motoring World), Bertrand D’souza (Overdrive), Bob Rupani (Overdrive), Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line), Vikrant Singh (CarWale), Kushan Mitra (The Pioneer), Girish Karkera (Times Auto ), Kranti Sambhav (Times Drive).

In the last sixteen years, these are the automobiles that have won the ICOTY awards.

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