Mumbai, 26th January, 2017: World’s No.1 motoring brand, TopGear, hosted the 9th edition of its highly coveted TopGear Awards at Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai. This prestigious and one of a kind auto-lifestyle award celebrates innovation in the automobile industry and was a power-packed event for the speed aficionados as they saw the best of automobiles from 2016 being honored at the ceremony.
The night witnessed the deserving metals being felicitated with the most recognized symbol of excellence in the automotive world, The Stig. The Awards were attended by the crème de la crème from the automobile industry.
Speaking about TopGear Magazine awards, Mr. Deepak Lamba, CEO, Worldwide Media said, “TopGear Magazine awards receive tremendous appreciation and love from our patrons every year. This year, we host the 9th edition of the same and continue its legacy of being the most coveted awards in the auto space.’’
The nominations were chosen based on two crucial parameters, i.e. the automobile has to be launched in India within a year of its first international launch and it has to be an all-new model, or an update of an existing one which makes it shift categories. Additionally, this year TopGear introduced 3 new categories, namely the All-rounder of the year, Lifestyle Vehicle of the year and Off-Roader of the year.
Last year the Car of the Year was bagged by Audi RS6, while the Bike of the Year was the Ducati Scrambler. The winners are selected by the magazine’s writers and road-testers who live with the cars through the year and subject them to a variety of situations and environments. This rigorous and disciplined process to choosing the deserving winners has made TopGear the most credible automotive title.
Commenting on the 9th edition of TopGear magazine awards, Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear Magazine said, “It’s been a rather interesting mix of cars and bikes that we ended up short listing for the 9th edition of BBC TopGear Magazine India Awards. It was a tough task zeroing in on some of the categories like SUV, urban car and limo of the year. But I strongly feel we have managed to select the more deserving machine. At TopGear we celebrate the joy and fun of driving. All our winners, irrespective of price and engine capacity, have that core value. They truly deserve the Stig.”
The red carpet was graced by popular celebrities and renowned personalities who dazzled the night with their presence. The award ceremony was a visual fiesta with colorful performances and the winning new metals of 2016 on display.
The event was felicitated by The Park by Lodha, Hindustan University, Victorinox, Big Boy Toys, SBI Bank, Sofitel BKC and Pause Wines.
Winners of 9th TopGear Magazine Awards 2017
All-rounder of the year – Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Lifestyle vehicle of the year – Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
Off-roader of the year – Jeep Wrangler
Engine of the year – Porsche Macan (2-litre petrol)
Luxury SUV of the year – Mercedes-Benz GLC
Entertainer of the year – Ford Mustang
Hot Hatch of the year – Volkswagen Polo GTI
Value car of the year – Volvo S90
Man of the year – CV Raman, Executive Director (Engg), Maruti Suzuki
Quickest car of the year – Nissan GT-R
Limousine of the year – Skoda Superb
Scooter of the year – Aprilia SR 150
Supersport bike of the year – MV Agusta F3
Touring bike of the year – Kawasaki Versys 650
Super-car of the year – Audi R8 V10 Plus
Green car of the year – Honda Accord Hybrid
Design of the year – Triumph Thruxton R
Family car of the year – Toyota Innova Crysta
Urban SUV of the year – Hyundai Tucson
Compact car of the year – Tata Tiago
Roadster bike of the year – Ducati XDiavel S
Bike of the year – MV Agusta F3
Car of the year – Skoda Superb
Reader’s choice bike of the year – Royal Enfield Himalayan
Reader’s choice car of the year – Maruti Vitara Brezza
About Worldwide Media
Worldwide Media is a part of the Times Group, one of India’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates, and publishes Filmfare – India’s No 1 entertainment magazine. Femina – India’s largest women’s magazine, BBC TopGear, HELLO!, BBC GoodHomes, GRAZIA, Lonely Planet Magazine India, Home Trends and BBC Knowledge are other exciting titles from Worldwide Media.
BBC TopGear Magazine India is a unique automotive lifestyle magazine that caters to a predominantly male audience. Brand TopGear is a known for its wit, humour and the fact that it doesn’t mince words when it comes to evaluating automobiles for its readers. It is also known for its over-the-top feature stories with exotic as well as everyday cars going places, under taking challenges that put the machines to the ultimate test. Just like its mothership title back in the UK, TopGear India is known for its visual treatment of stories, something that rivals are still trying to match for over a decade now. The magazine now stretches beyond print and caters to audiences across social media and new age digital platforms.