Tata’s little wonder has added yet another feather to its cap. The car has won the prestigious Indian car of the year award for the year running.
In its fifth year running, the awards modeled along the lines of the American, Japanese and European car of the year, the Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) award has been instituted by leading automotive publications in India in association with JK Tyes.
The awards are an expert and independent judgement of all the new cars and motorcycles launched during the calendar year in India. An 11 member jury consisting of automobile journalists from all the leading magazines in India get together to vote for the most impressive car and motorcycle on a number of set parameters which are similar to what are considered in the international awards.
Tata Nano won the Indian car of the year scoring a maximum of 63 points. The ten finalists considered for the award were the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Jazz, Fiat Linea, Fiat Grande Punto, Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Mahindra Xylo, Skoda Superb, Tata Indigo Manza, and Toyota Fortuner.
The expert jury members of the 2010 ICOTY included Yogendra Pratap and Vikrant Singh of Auto Bild India, Gautam Sen and Bob Rupani of Auto India, Bijoy Kumar Y and Srinivas Krishnan of Business Standard Motoring, Aspi Bhathena of Car India, Sirish Chandran and Bertand D’souza of Overdrive and Vardhan Kondvikar and Girish Karkera of Top Gear India.
The Managing Director of Tata Motors, Mr. P.M. Telang, received the award from the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of JK Tyre Industries Ltd., Dr. R. P. Singhania, at a ceremony held in New Delhi.