Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza-Wins Indian Car Of The Year 2017

Maruti Suzuki's first compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza won the prestigious Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2017 title.

After crossing the 10,000 bookings mark in October and gaining more than 1.72 lakh bookings since its launch in March 2016, the Vitara Brezza has just won the Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) award for 2017 in a ceremony held in Mumbai on 20 December.

The 12th Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award was handed out at Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai.

The jury for the awards was headed by veteran automobile journalist Bob Rupani (Overdrive).
Other team members were Bertrand D'souza (Overdrive), Yogendra Pratap, Rahul Ghosh (AutoToday), Druv Behl, Ishan Raghava (AutoX), Girish Karkera, Sriram Narayanan (BBC TopGear),
 Aspi Bathena, Jim Gorde (Car India), Sirish Chandran, Aninda Sardar (evo India), Pablo Chaterji (Man's World),
Kartik Ware (Motoring India) and  Muralidhar Swaminathan (The Hindu Business Line).

 Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre and Industries, presented the award to the winning team with Bob Rupani, Chairman, ICOTY 2017.

The ICOTY is selected based on a number of parameters, including styling, safety, fuel efficiency, pricing, comfort, performance, value for money, suitability to Indian conditions, technical innovation and practicality. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza certainly ranks in all these parameters, so the winner  of this year.

The top six contenders in the car category were Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Tuscon, Hyundai Elantra, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Innova Crysta and Skoda Suberb.

In the cars category, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Innova Crysta and Hyundai Tucson were the final three contenders before the Vitara Brezza took away the 2017 edition of the award.
 The runner up award was bagged by the Tucson whilst the Innova Crysta came third.

In the motorcycle category, the final fight was amongst the TVS Apache RTR 2004V, Royal Enfield Himalayan and Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS. The new Apache took away the first price, with the Kawasaki and the Royal  Enfield bagging second and third positions, respectively.

Representing Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the winner of ICOTY’17, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, said that winning ICOTY’17 is an incredible experience.

Their team worked very hard, putting in sweat and toil to bring out Maruti Suzuki Brezza, and they are very happy that the jury recognized their efforts. This award is as much a recognition of their hard work as it is of the immense support and love shown by their customers, who chose the car over others. He also congratulated all the other cars in this segment for being such great competition.

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