NEW DELHI: CarDekho.com, the flagship portal of GirnarSoft has successfully concluded CarDekho Accolade - India's only consumer choice awards in the automobile space. After 17 days of voting, the winners have been announced for the much-awaited awards in the car and bike categories for the year. The total number of votes received from customers for their choice of best car and bike were an overwhelming 3,05,953.
CarDekho Accolade, presented by Snapdeal.com and co-sponsored by HP, provided the ultimate prize winning platform for car and bike manufacturers in Indian market. There were 12 numbers of categories for cars and 5 numbers of categories for bikes, which were voted upon by consumers. Additionally a panel of experts conferred the jury awards in 10 categories. Awards were adjudged on basis of an unbiased online voting system managed through CarDekho.com. Voting took place between 20th Jan 2015 to 5th Feb 2015. These votes were tabulated electronically and winners were determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes.
Talking about this initiative, Mr. Amit Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, GirnarSoft said "We would like to congratulate all the winners of the CarDekho Accolade. With the rising popularity of CarDekho.com, we have been able to ensure that the voice of the consumer is captured in honoring the best of cars and bikes of 2014. In turn, it is a privilege for each winning company and brand that consumers have appreciated their offering to the Indian market."
Listed Below are the winners of each category of awards:
Over 3 lakh consumer votes across different categories brought to light interesting facts about the four-wheeler preference in the Indian market. Maruti was a clear winner in the Hatchback category and runner-up in the Premium Hatchback category. Likewise, Hyundai swept the Premium Hatchback category while being a runner-up in the mid-size category. We witnessed a tie in the most spoken about Entry Level Sedan category between the Maruti Suzuki DZire and the Honda Amaze. Toyota bagged the most awards; with its popular Fortuner being the obvious winner in the Premium SUV category and the Toyota Innova emerging as a winner in MUV-MPV category. The consumers voted both these offerings above newer models in the segment. The popular SUV category witnessed a tie between the bold Renault Duster and the powerful Mahindra XUV 500. The two German brands Audi and BMW won Luxury Sedan for Audi A4 and Luxury SUV for BMW X5. The powerful Lamborghini Huracan that caught the eyeballs at the launch was a clear choice for Performance Car of the Year.
Two-wheeler segment was equally competitive this year. Consumer votes for Honda Activa were sky high making it the most preferred Scooter of the Year. Harley-Davidson Breakout led the way up to being the Performance Bike of the Year while Yamaha FZ is the only sought after Premium Bikes.
Car Category Winners:
Car Categories Winners
Hatchback of the Year Maruti Suzuki Celerio (34% votes)
Maruti Alto K10 (20% votes) - Runner Up
Premium Hatchback of the Year Hyundai Elite i20 (50% votes)
Maruti Swift (24% votes) - Runner Up
Entry Level Sedan of the Year (TIED) Maruti Suzuki Dzire (32% votes)
Honda Amaze (32% votes)
Mid Sized Sedan of the Year Honda City (40% votes)
Hyundai Verna Fluidic (22% votes) - Runner Up
Premium Sedan of the Year Toyota Corolla Altis (33% votes)
Skoda Octavia (20% votes) - Runner Up
Luxury Sedan of the Year Audi A4 (35% votes)
Mercedes Benz C Class (29% votes) - Runner Up
MUV/MPV of the Year Toyota Innova (57% votes)
Honda Mobilio (25% votes) - Runner Up
SUV of the Year (TIED) Renault Duster (30% votes)
Mahindra XUV5OO (30% votes)
Premium SUV of the Year Toyota Fortuner (59% votes)
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (15% votes) - Runner Up
Luxury SUV of the Year BMW X5 (32% votes)
Mercedes Benz GLA Class (29% votes) - Runner Up
Super Luxury Car of the Year Jaguar XJ (34% votes)
Audi A8L (20% votes) - Runner Up
Performance Car of the Year Lamborghini Huracan (38% votes)
Audi RS7 (21% votes) - Runner Up
Bike Category Winners:
Bike Categories Winners
Scooter of the Year Honda Activa 125 (76% votes)
Yamaha Alpha (9% votes) - Runner Up
Bike of the Year Bajaj Discover 125 M (38% votes)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor iSmart (27% votes)
Premium Bike of the Year Yamaha FZ/FZ-S FI V2.0 (42% votes)
Yamaha Fazer FI V2.0 (21% votes)
Entry Level Performance Bike KTM RC 390 / RC 200 (34% votes)
Hero MotoCorp Karizma / Karizma ZMR (23%
Performance Bike of the Year Harley-Davidson Breakout (41% votes)
BMW S1000R (21% votes)
Other than the consumer choice awards, an internal jury comprising of automotive experts reviewed, compared, analyzed and then awarded the most prestigious category awards in cars and bikes. Honda City, the most fuel-efficient car and one that comes with exhaustive list of features and offers 2nd best space was chosen as the Car of the Year. Hyundai's gorgeous Elite i20 won Design of the Year for its great European style. Though when it came to Innovation, the decision became rather tough. Tata Zest emerged a winner in this category for being the most affordable diesel automatic in India while offering features, space and ride quality. For Indian pockets what matters most is Value for Money when cars are concerned. This sought after award was won by none other than the Hyundai Xcent. While there were other categories and much deserved winners for each, one that needs to be highlighted is the Campaign of the Year and the car chosen for this award is again the much talked about Honda Mobilio. The enthusiast Bike of the Year went to the most affordable Harley-Davidson in India, the Street 750.
Jury Award Categories Winners
Car of the Year Honda City
Design of the Year Hyundai Elite i20
Innovation of the Year Tata Diesel AMT (F-Tronic)
Value for money car Hyundai Xcent
Diesel car of the Year Volkswagen New Vento
Facelift of the Year Volkswagen Polo
Flamboyant car of the Year Ford EcoSport
Engine of the Year Tata Revotron 1.2T
Marketing Campaign of the Year Honda Mobilio
Enthusiast Bike of the Year Harley-Davidson Street 750
Besides the winners, the company also declared winners from amongst the voting consumers. A total of 103 people were awarded online shopping vouchers, iPad Minis and a LED TV.
List of all winners can be viewed at: http://awards.cardekho.com
CarDekho.com is a flagship portal of Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd., founded in March 2008. CarDekho.com is today India's most popular and leading auto portal catering to the aspiring buyers, the proud owners, the auto enthusiasts and die-hard fans and dealers of cars across the country. CarDekho is currently drawing close to 11 million visits per month with 7.5 million unique visitors per month. The company recently acquired another top automotive portal Gaadi.com to add to its used car portfolio. Recent winner of the prestigious 'Website of the Year 2014' award, CarDekho.com has been presented with various tokens of appreciation by a number of esteemed institutions, including the awards for the 'Best Car Website 2014', 'Most Popular Website 2012' and 'Website of the Year India' given twice in a row - in 2011 and 2012. The portal won its first 'Best Automotive Website of 2009' award at the beginning of the journey.
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About Girnar Software:
Girnar Software is an IT company working on offshore products and outsourced software development. It picked up USD 50 Million in a second round of funding and is valued at USD 300 Million. The group company has recently partnered with the iconic Mr. Ratan Tata and will be taking advice for further business enhancement to take the auto classified segment in India to a global level. The group runs other successful portals such as BikeDekho.com and PriceDekho.com. The group's vision is to be a multi-billion dollar company by 2020 with global footprint by creating innovative products and services.
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Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd.