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Indian Car And Motorcycle Of The Year 2022 Announced

Mercedes-Benz S-Class


Mahindra XUV7OO and TVS Raider take top honours.

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The verdict is out on the annual awards to select the best cars and motorcycle launched in the last year and here is how they fared

▶ Indian Car of the Year 2022 – Mahindra XUV7OO

Indian Car of the Year 2022 - Mahindra XUV7OO

With 101 points to its tally, the hot-selling, full-sized SUV emerged on top of the leader board. This is the first time that a Mahindra has win this coveted trophy instituted by full-time automotive journalists representing various media houses in the country.

In the second place, just 11 points behind was the Volkswagen Taigun. The compact SUV is the first Car with a VW badge on the made-for-India MQB-IN platform that Skoda developed for India and other similar global markets.

In third place was another Indian brand – Tata Punch sub-compact SUV crossover at 77 points.
The Skoda Kushaq, also based on the same platform as the Taigun, and Renault Kiger completed the top 5. Incidentally, this line-up shows how strong the SUV market has emerged even in India.

▶ Premium Car Award – Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Premium Car Award - Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Not surprisingly, it was the new S-Class that topped this category. Revamped with a whole new set of features and cutting edge technologies, the S-Class lived upto its expectations of being the ‘best car in the world’ with a thumping 153 points in its name. Interestingly, the German brand dominated with no less than 4 out of the 5 finalists in this category from its stable.

The AMG45S – the hottest hatchback of India – was the first runner up at 95 points followed by the understated yet tech-heavy Volvo S60 at 77 points. Interestingly, the premium category didn’t have a SUV in the top 3.

▶ Green Car Award – Audi e-tron

Green Car Award - Audi e-tron

The amazingly well-packaged e-tron SUV was picked as the best among electric cars to come to India. The SUV has a practical real world range of over 300km and also capable of varied terrains to make it a practical alternative that sets a benchmark for other EVs to follow. Another Audi, the sporty e-tron GT was the second runner-up followed by the Jaguar i-Pace.

▶ Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022 – TVS Raider

Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022 - TVS Raider

The motorcycle category saw equally close action as the car. TVS’s everyday 125cc bike, the Raider, was voted as the best for its unique combination of being fun-to-ride, yet oractical and affordable. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 and all-new Bajaj Pulsar 250 made up the top three.

The ICOTY and IMOTY Awards are given by a jury consisting of journalists who review cars and bikes. Each jury member is required to have atleast 5 years of vehicle testing experience to qualify. The awards were given by Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman – JK Tyre along with Yogendra Pratap (Auto Today) and Aspi Bhathena (Bike India) who were the respective chairmen of this time’s jury.