Renault Duster has been a success, right from the day it was launched. Earlier this week, Renault Duster was honored as the 2013 Indian Car of the Year. Not only Duster has managed to lift Renault India car sales to a different level, but also managed to feature itself in the top 15 cars sold list in India. What is even surprising, is the fact that Duster sales have outclassed Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 sales.
Prior to the launch of Renault Duster, which took place on 4th July 2012, Renault India sold a total of 4,447 cars in the six month period of Jan-June 2012 period. Since the launch of Duster, Renault India has sold 24,786 cars for the five month period of July-Nov 2012, of which 19,246 units have been due to Renault Duster.
Earlier in November, Marc Nassif, MD Renault India Pvt. Ltd said, “We are highly pleased with our sales figures and we are glad to see that the Indian customer has accepted Renault products very well, especially the Renault Duster. We at Renault are very positive towards our entire product range and our growing dealer network has also added to our growth in sales and reaching the customers on a pan-India level. Although the market sentiments are not as buoyant as in the previous year during the festive season, we still believe that we will be able to achieve our targets and continue on our growth trajectory in the coming months.”
THE INDIAN CAR OF THE YEAR & THE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR 2013 UNVEILED
~ Renault Duster & KTM Duke 200 were awarded with the prestigious ICOTY & IMOTY 2013 awards respectively~
Mumbai, December 20, 2012: In line with the American Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year, leading automobile magazines in India who constitute the jury of Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) along with JK Tyre presented the most prominent awards of the Indian automotive industry – the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2013 (IMOTY) at Taj Lands End in Mumbai on December 20, 2012. Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited handed over the Indian car of the Year trophy to Mr. Marc Nassif, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Private Limited and Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Executive Director – S&M, Renault India Private Limited and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year trophy to Mr. Amit Nandi, Vice President – Pro-Biking, Bajaj Auto on behalf of the esteemed jury of ICOTY & IMOTY 2013.
The ICOTY & IMOTY awards are the most credible and coveted award and almost like the ‘Oscar’ of Indian automotive awards. These awards are an expert and independent judgment of the best new car and motorcycle. They are aimed at recognizing focused, consistent, and rigorous efforts made by auto manufacturers, with the highest levels of performance in the areas of design excellence, innovation and R&D, and the awards have been gaining prominence with each passing year. JK Tyre has been associated with these awards ever since its inception.
It is pertinent to note that though many new cars & two wheelers were launched in the year 2012, a few more than 20 qualified for the 2013 ICOTY & IMOTY award. It was a very close competition between the top three contenders in both the categories. Maruti Ertiga, Renault Duster & Hyundai Elantra were amongst the finalists for the ICOTY category, while the finalists for the IMOTY category included the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and Discover 125ST, KTM Duke 200 and Honda Dream Yuga. The nominated cars and motorcycles were judged on various parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, and value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
Congratulating the winners, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said, “The ICOTY and IMOTY awards represent India’s best on wheels; the nominated cars and motorcycles compete under strict and rigorous guidelines which are a hallmark in the making of the most coveted awards in the auto industry. I congratulate the winners and nominees who are trailblazers for the industry and ever since 2006 the awards continue to reflect the commitment, zeal, enthusiasm and stand as a benchmark of excellence which every auto manufacturer aims to earn.”
The esteemed jury for ICOTY and IMOTY constituted of Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen of Auto India; Vikrant Singh and Rahul Ghosh of Auto Bild; Aspi Bhathena of Car India & Bike India; Bertrand D’souza and Shubhabrata Marmar of Overdrive; Srinivas Krishnan, Pablo Chaterji and Rohin Nagrani of Business Standard Motoring and Girish Karkera and Sriram Narayanan of Top Gear. Two new jury members were added to the jury list this year- Dhruv Behl of Auto X and Muralidhar Swaminathan of The Hindu Business Line. This specialist jury consisting of senior Indian automotive journalists is the best from the industry and together they have over 300 years of experience. The jury is known for their analytical skills and competence in evaluating and testing cars, as a part of their profession. The highly experienced jury members are responsible for selecting a single decisive winner and the voting process has been designed to be very fair and unbiased.
Congratulating the winner, Mr. Bob Rupani, Executive Editor, Auto India & Chairperson, Indian Car of the Year 2013 said, “As a founder Jury Member I am very proud to see the amazing growth and popularity of this award. It is by far the most credible award with a completely transparent voting procedure. This year the competition was particularly tough as we saw the launch of some very fine machines. In fact we had as many as three contenders from just one manufacturer Maruti-Suzuki. In the end it was the Renault Duster that took the crown and I feel it is a very deserving winner. It has set several new benchmarks and like all past ICOTY award winners it is sure to become popular with Indian consumers.”
Mr. Pablo Chaterji, Senior Editor, Business Standard Motoring & Chairperson Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2013 said, “This year, we saw a variety of motorcycles from across categories in contention for the IMOTY 2013 award. We had affordable performance bikes like the Pulsar 200NS, commuters like the Honda Dream Yuga and Suzuki Hayate and even a cruiser in the form of the Royal Enfield Thunderbird. In the end, however, the KTM Duke 200 was the clear winner – it’s an exciting and affordable combination of great design, thrilling performance and outstanding agility, all in one package.”
The expert jury ensured that the voting system is fair and transparent, to make ICOTY and IMOTY the most coveted awards in the industry.
The glittering ceremony was made even merrier by a scintillating musical extravaganza presented by the Silver Strings.
About ICOTY and IMOTY
ICOTY and IMOTY are the bodies formed to recognize exceptional level of competence, innovation and technology in the auto & auto ancillary industries. The awards recognize the company with the highest level of performance in terms of product development, quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, project management and customer service. All the acknowledged jury members evaluate cars and motorcycles as a part of their journalistic work and are known for their professional competence. The awards are in line with international standards and modelled on the American Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year.
About JK Tyre & Industries Ltd:
JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. is the first and only Tyre brand in India to be awarded ‘Superbrand’. It is also recently been recognised by Reader’s Digest as the “Trusted Brand.” It is the flagship Company of the JK Organisation known for manufacturing leading tyre brands – JK Tyre, Vikrant and Tornel. JK Tyre is the leading Truck and Bus Radial Tyre manufacturer in India and has crossed the 4 million number mark in Truck Bus Radial Tyres including exports of 1 million tyres to the global markets. With a distribution network of over 4000 dealers and over 130 stocking points, 3 Truck Wheels showroom & 17 Truck Radial tyre care centres, the company has left a mark across every Indian road treading into every nook and corner of the country.