The Indian Car of The Year (ICOTY) 2019 is the Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has won the esteemed Indian Car of The Year (ICOTY) award for 2019. At a ceremony held in Mumbai by the ICOTY committee, by Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, presented the ICOTY trophy to Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Maruti Suzuki. Mr. Yogendra Pratap, Chairman of the ICOTY, presented Maruti Suzuki with the winner's certificate that was signed by all the jury members.
Of the many cars launched in 2018, the ICOTY committee shortlisted eight finalists, viz. the Honda Amaze, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santro, Mahindra Alturas G4, Mahindra Marazzo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Yaris. The Maruti Suzuki Swift was victorious by a significant margin, ahead of the runners-up Hyundai Santro and the Honda Amaze. This is the third-generation of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and like its predecessors and global counterparts, has been received extremely well in the market. Interestingly, both its predecessors had won the Indian Car of the Year award in 2006 and 2012 respectively, making the Swift the first car ever to win the ICOTY.
The contenders for the 2019 ICOTY at this year's jury round, which was held at the Buddh International Circuit
This year's jury comprised of Yogendra Pratap and Rahul Ghosh from Auto Today, Dhruv Behl and Ishan Raghava from AutoX, Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri from Car India, Sirish Chandran and Aninda Sardar from evo India, Hani Musthafa from Flywheel, Pablo Chaterji from Mans World, Kartik Ware and Raunak Ajinkya from Motoring World, Abhay Verma and Rohit Paradkar from OVERDRIVE, Muralidhar Swaminathan from The Hindu Business Line, Girish Karkera and Agasti Kaulgi from Top Gear India and Vikrant Singh from carwale.com.
The ICOTY's endeavours are extensively supported by JK Tyre and the gala dinner for the awards night was hosted at the Sofitel in Mumbai. The momentous occasion witnessed the presence of stalwarts from the Indian automotive industry and the esteemed automotive media fraternity. Energetic performances by the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company set the mood for the evening, while a stand-up act from funnyman Rohan Joshi made sure the evening doesn't get as serious as the ICOTY contenders this year.
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