Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2021 awards to be announced on 26 February

Despite a coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, Indian automobile industry witnessed a bunch of new cars in the year 2020. Existing models being updated with enhanced features and new entrants were almost seen in every segment. Now the question comes, which was the car that really stood out amongst the crowd? Senior and eminent journalists from all the leading automobile magazines in India, highly experienced jury members after evaluating factors like price, comfort, fuel-efficiency, styling, safety, performance, technical innovation, practicality, value for money, and suitability for Indian driving conditions select a single winner and confer the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award. Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2021 winners to be announced on 26 February.

Most credible and coveted Indian automotive award, ICOTY is referred as the ‘Oscar’ of the Indian automotive industry. 2021 ICOTY will have cars competing for awards under three categories — ICOTY (Indian Car of the year) 2021, Premium Car Award 2021, and Green Car Award 2021. Coming to this year’s competition, the battlefield consists of the new Honda City, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Aura, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Thar, Hyundai i20, Kia Carnival, MG Gloster, and the Tata Altroz. The contenders in the premium automotive section include Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q2, BMW 2 Series, BMW 8 Series, Land Rover Defender, Audi Q8, Lexus LC 500h, Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. As EVs and hybrids are capturing the market, there is a special Green Car Award with the contestants being Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Kona, MG ZS EV, Tata Nexon EV, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the Lexus ES 300h.

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This year’s jury comprised of Yogendra Pratap (Chairman – ICOTY), Rahul Ghosh (Associate Editor – Auto Today), Dhruv Behl (Editor – autoX), Ishan Raghava (Associate Editor – autoX), Aspi Bhathena (Editor – BIKE India and CAR India), Sarmad Kadiri (BIKE India and CAR India), Sirish Chandran (Editorial Director, Evo India, Fast Bikes India & Motor Sport India), Aniruddha Rangnekar (Contributing editor at Evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Executive Editor, Motoring World), Kartik Ware (Managing Editor, Motoring World), Bertrand D’souza (Editor, Overdrive), Bob Rupani (Overdrive), Muralidhar Swaminathan (Consulting Motoring Editor, The Hindu Business Line), Vikrant Singh (Editor, CarWale, BikeWale and CarTrade), Kushan Mitra (Managing Editor, The Pioneer), Girish Karkera (Editor, Times Auto), Kranti Sambhav (Editor and Lead, Times Drive).

Last year, the Hyundai Venue was crowned as the 2020 ICOTY whereas the BMW 3 Series luxurious sedan took the throne in the premium car segment.