The 13th edition of the ICOTY (Indian Car of the Year) award witnessed a very tough competition among automakers out of which the new Hyundai Verna emerged as the winner to bag the prestigious award in the automobile segment. The new Hyundai Verna was awarded the Indian Car of the Year 2018 award after several rounds and it won the award by a margin of just one point over the Maruti Suzuki Dzire in the final round.
The new Hyundai Verna bags Indian Car of the Year 2018 award
In the closest ICOTY contest ever experienced, the new Hyundai Verna clinched the title with 118 points. The closest contender, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, was adjudged the runners-up at the ICOTY with 117, just one point short of the winner. The third position was bagged by the Jeep Compass but there was a huge difference in the points. Jeep Compass could only secure 87 points in the list.
The new Hyundai Verna had been a head turner since its launch near the festive season. The car became an instant hit and it recorded 20,000 bookings and 150,000 enquiries within 2 months of its launch.
New Hyundai Verna beats most selling Maruti Suzuki Dzire to bag the ICOTY 2018 award
The new Hyundai Verna beat the Dzire to bag the ICOTY 2018 award. With all the major car manufacturers in the race, it was one of the toughest ever fight for the ICOTY award. Being one of the most desired and aspired for award in the four-wheel segment all the car majors participated in the award function and the final round saw tough competition between the largest car manufacturer in India – Maruti Suzuki and the second largest car manufacturer – Hyundai. The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire and new Hyundai Verna locked the horns in the final round to clinch the title where the new Verna was adjudged the winner by a margin of just one 1 point!
Other tough contenders in the race for the ICOTY 2018 title
About 16 new cars qualified for the ICOTY 2018 award that were launched in 2017. After tough scrutiny, only 9 cars made it to the final round. The vehicles that made it to the top nine were the Gen next Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda WR-V, New Hyundai Verna, recently launched Tata Nexon and Renault Captur, Jeep Compass; Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan.