The 2013 Indian Car Of The Year and Bike Of The Year have been announced. In a glittering ceremony on Thursday, the Renault Duster SUV was selected as the 2013 Indian Car Of The Year. The Duster is the first made in India SUV from French carmaker Renault and has impressed buyers. The KTM Duke 200 has been named as the 2013 Bike Of The Year.
The primary criterion for choosing the car of the year and bike of the year is that the cars and bikes should be made in India. Further the contenders will also have to satisfy the made for India too. Further the contenders should have been launched before 30th November.
The Indian Car of the year and Indian Bike of the year awards have been held since five years. JK Tyre has been the title sponsor and Mr Raghupati Singhania, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of JK Tyre and Industries, gave away the awards on Thursday.
The Renault Duster has been named as the 2013 Indian Car Of The Year. This is the fifth time these awards have been announced. JK Tyre has been the title sponsor of this awards judged by senior motoring journalists from eight major publications.
The jury considered several parameters such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality and technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian conditions while making their decision. The Duster has trumped several competitors to emerge the winner.
2013 COTY Contenders
20 car were in contention for the 2013 Indian Car Of the Year and eleven made it to the final list. They were the Chevrolet Sail UV-A, Mahindra Quanto, Hyundai Elantra, Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Renault Pulse, Nissan Evalia, Renault Scala and Tata Safari Storme.
Top 3 Cars Of The Year
The Duster was chosen as the eventual winner for its impressive design, reliability, efficiency, handling and ride. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga emerged second followed by Hyundai's Elantra.
The Indian Bike Of The Year was not an easy choice. The KTM Duke 200 was declared the winner but it found immense competition from the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, Discover 125 ST and the Honda Dream Yuga.
Some of the other bikes in contention for the 2-013 bike of the year were Suzuki Hayate, Hero Ignitor, Royal Enfield's Thunderbird 500, Honda CBR150R, TVS Phoenix and Hyosung GT250R.
Contenders - Pulsar 200 NS
The Pulsar 200NS could have been the eventual winner had the KTM Duke 200 not won some extra points. The Honda Dream Yuga won the third place behind the Pulsar.
The Final Winner - KTM Duke 200
The Duke 200 is the first KTM bike launched in India by Bajaj Auto. Its aggressive design coupled with impressive performance powered by its 25.5bhp 200cc engine gave at an edge over competitors.