Hyundai i10 wins the' Car of the Year 2008' awards

Hyundai i10 Mumbai: The Hyundai i10 has been tagged the 'Indian Car of the Year 2008' (ICOTY) at a glittering award function held in Mumbai.

Over the last two years, the awards have proved to be the benchmarks for auto excellence in India and are widely recognized as the most trusted word on automobiles for consumers, manufacturers and auto experts alike.

The most coveted of the Auto Awards, the ICOTY award has been instituted by all the prominent automotive magazines in the country such as Autocar India, Auto India, Business Standard Motoring, Car India, Overdrive and Top Gear, and the jury comprises of the senior most motoring journalists in India.

The purpose of the award is to recognise and choose the car which best symbolises quality, driveability and performance.

H S Lheem, managing director of Hyundai Motor India LtdExpressing joy on receiving the award, H S Lheem, managing director of Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), said, ''We are delighted to be the winner of the most prestigious award – the Indian car of the Year and the choice of the discerning automotive media has clearly established the i10 as a world class car which meets all the global standards of safety, design and performance. The i10 will add to the Hyundai brand in India and consolidate its position as a leader in the compact car segment''.

Selection criteria
Factors such as fuel efficiency, ride, handling, safety, comfort, driver satisfaction and price were taken into consideration before the cars were ranked on a 25-point scale, where a maximum of 10 points was given to a car. The eligibility process also required that all competing cars were new models launched in the calendar year 2007.