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Motoring Awards 2011 - And the winners will be...


We know you’re just itching to find out about which cars and bikes walked away with our top honours, but you’ll have to wait just a little longer for the drum roll – until the 10th of this month, to be exact. We have a fantastic awards ceremony lined up, and what’s more, it’ll be our first ever standalone awards event.

That’s not all – this year, we’ve increased the number of our awards categories, in order to do justice to the Indian automotive scene, which is growing at a sizzling pace! Here, then,are the awards that are up for grabs, and the contenders in each category.

Car of the year

The first award of its kind in the country, the BSM COTY grows from strength to strength. With the market full of attractive buying options, and manufacturers continually striving to give us better, safer and more fun cars, our COTY award recognises the one car that stands out from the rest. The winner encapsulates all that it takes to be a player in the Indian car market today – suitability of purpose, safety, overall design, fuel efficiency and maximum bang for the buck. The list of contenders (for all the awards categories) consist of those cars that we have tested and featured in our pages. And the nominees are...

The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Yeti, Tata Aria, Nissan Micra, Chevrolet Beat, Toyota Etios and the BMW 5 Series

Bike of the year

Our motorcycle market is a little bit of an enigma, to be honest. Do we want small, fuel efficient commuters? Are we dead set on bikes that are bigger and more fun? Or do we want a mix of performance and frugality, in order to strike that sweet spot? Frankly, we think there’s room for everybody, although this year’s contenders are largely from the first-mentioned category. And the nominees are...

The TVS Jive, Honda CB Twister and the Yamaha SZ-X

Jury Special

In any awards process, there’s always that one contender that would have won, had it not been for... well, the eventual winner. It’s the nominee that captured the jury’s hearts and minds, but lost out narrowly only because of the black-and-white of the points tallying system – it’s the one striding the fine line between ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Oh-so-close!'. As it happens, there’s just one contender for this award... so you’ll have to wait for the award to be announced!

SUV of the year

Admit it – we all love SUVs, even though we may not ever end up buying one. There’s just something about their sheer presence, their attitude and their toughness that appeals to even the most ardent hatchback-lover. We’ve been lucky to have some truly great SUVs in the past (the Gypsy, the Pajero and the Forester, to name but a few), and the Indian appetite for heavy metal continues unabated. And the nominees are...

The Tata Aria, Skoda Yeti and the Hyundai Santa Fe

Automotive pioneer of the year

Automobiles in this country have come a very long way from the days of the good old Amby, Fiat and Rajdoot. The advances in technology that have been made sometimes boggle the mind, from something as simple as the disc brake to something as cutting edge as radar-guided cruise control. Today, we’re lucky to have access to vehicles that are safer, cleaner and greener than ever before – and there are still technological advances that are being made by manufacturers as we type this. This award recognises their efforts. And the nominees are...

The Volvo XC60, Honda VFR1200, TVS Jive, Nissan Micra and the Tata Aria

Scooter of the year

The humble scooter has made an amazing turnaround in India, after almost being rendered extinct not so long ago. The credit for this goes largely to Honda and their all-powerful Activa, but there have been others since then who've given us excellent products, like Suzuki and their Access. Last year didn't see much action on the scooter front, but there was still one standout product – again, you'll have to bear the suspense a little longer for the winner's name!

Premium car of the year

If there’s one segment of the car market that’s shown amazing growth, if not in sheer numbers but outright percentages, it’s the luxury car segment. If you have the requisite funds, you now have access to some of the finest cars that (a lot of) money can buy. Every year has seen the addition of newer, more luxurious models, and the trend promises to grow ever upwards. And the nominees are...

The BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XJ, Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes-Benz E-Coupe/Cabriolet

Premium SUV of the year

If there’s one thing we like more than big SUVs, it’s even bigger SUVs. These leviathans are the ultimate status symbol, telling the world in no uncertain terms that you’ve arrived – no wonder politicians, movie stars and other bigwigs favour them so much. Make no mistake, though – these are fine automobiles in their own right, with performance and handling characteristics that sometimes equal or better luxury sedans. And the nominees are...

The Volvo XC60, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Landcruiser Prado and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Import bike of the year

Bikers, it’s time to rejoice! After a prolonged dry spell, it’s clear that there’s only one way for the bike market, and that’s up. Every big bike worth its name is available in India now, with the added elements of authorised service and finance options, and the market has been thrown open to thousands of bikers who, until now, had no legal access to the bikes of their dreams. It gets better, mind you – there are more manufacturers on the way! And the nominees are...

The Yamaha VMax, Ducati 1198, Suzuki GSX-1000R, Suzuki Bandit, Honda VFR1200, Harley-Davidson XL1200N Nightster, Harley-Davidson Roadking and Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage

Performance car of the year

More than anything else, these are the cars that we at BSM love the most. They signify everything that is sacred in the world of the car – sheer speed, incredible passion, amazing engineering and drop-dead looks. Along with the rest of the market, the performance car segment has shown tremendous growth as well, and it’s only fitting that we give it its own award. And the nominees are...

The Nissan 370Z, Mitsubishi Evo X, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Bugatti Veyron

Motorsport excellence award

Say what you will about the state of Indian motorsport – the fact is that it is in good health and getting even better, thanks to the untiring efforts of hardcore enthusiasts and sponsors who have seen the goldmine of potential in the country. Who could have said, even a short while ago, that we would have two drivers on the F1 grid, for example? Domestically, the emergence of professionally-run motorsport outfits shows that the future is bright. And the nominees are....

Red Rooster Racing, Volkswagen Motorsport, Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India and India Yamaha Motor