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The 18thedition of CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards came to a grand conclusion yesterday at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi. The awards brought together India’s dynamic automobile industry under one roof, as some of the leading brands in the country were recognised and honoured for their achievements across multiple award categories. Leaders from various spheres in the country graced the awards ceremony and witnessed automotive giants being honoured for their excellence. Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Minister for Road Transport & Railways; Dharmendra Pradhan, Honourable Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog were some of the esteemed guests who were in attendance.

Commenting on the awards, Joy Chakraborthy, President – Revenue, TV18 & CEO Forbes India said, “Winner of all major industry awards for being the ‘Best Business News Channel’ since inception, CNBC-TV18 has cemented its leadership position in the Indian media. Over the years CNBC-TV18 has created a wide portfolio of programming and set the norm for programming strategy in business news space. This gives us the opportunity and confidence to celebrate leaders and outperformers from different sectors of corporate India, one of the most important being Automobiles. The prestigious Overdrive Awards is one of the longest running and most watched in the news genre and has evolved as the go-to destination for head honchos of auto companies, and the automobile fraternity at large.”

The theme of the awards this year was ‘electric’. In line with the theme, an insightful panel discussion led by Shereen Bhan reflected on the future of Indian automobiles going electric. The panelists included top leaders from the automobile industry such as Mayank Pareek, President, TATA’ Mr. Mahesh Babu, CEO,Mahindra Electric; R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Maruti (Marketing and Sales); Mr. Arun Malhotra, MD Nissan and MR ShekharVishwanathan, Vice Chairman, Toyota.

Shortlisted by a coveted jury, leadingtwo-wheeler giants like Harley Davidson India, Bajaj Auto, Triumph India, Ducati India, Honda Motorcycles & Scooters, Honda Two Wheelers India, KTM Indiaand morecompeted in categories like Design of the Year (Two-wheeler), Performance Bike of the Year, Import Motorcycle of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year (Two-wheeler) and more. On the other hand, leading four-wheeler brands like Maruti Suzuki India, Skoda India, Jaguar-Land Rover India, Audi India, Renault, Ford India, Hyundai Motor India and more competed in categories like Design of the Year (Four-Wheeler), Import SUV of the Year, Import Car of the Year, Viewers Choice Car of the Year, Compact Car of the Year and more.

Commenting on the awards, ShubhabrataMarmar, Editor – OVERDRIVE said, “The CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards are the most prestigious awards in the industry and in their 18th year, the excellence of the cars and motorcycles of 2017 posed serious challenges. Strong contenders competed directly against each other in the market as well as for the awards. The accuracy of the evaluation process and the experience of the OVERDRIVE jurors proved vital to picking the right winner.

In the motorcycles, Make in India showed its effect with a large crop of premium motorcycles in contention despite commuters dominating volumes. It made testing more fun naturally, but it also meant that the winner was hiding in a group of extremely accomplished machines. But it goes to show that OVERDRIVE had its sights on target from the get go. We took the stand that Indian-made and assembled vehicles should get priority over direct imports nearly two decades ago.

The awards jury is a group of profoundly experienced drivers and riders, including the crack OVERDRIVE test team. The jury round was a intense time of close scrutiny of every aspect of each contender to ensure that the right vehicle won in each of the categories. Our expertise is bolstered by our extremely popular Viewer’s Choice awards where our audience, India’s largest, picked their winners.”

Winners of the CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards:

Sr. No Category Brand/Company Model name
1 DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2W Harley-Davidson India Fat Bob
2 DESIGN OF THE YEAR 4W Maruti Suzuki India Ignis
3 MOTORSPORT AWARD OF THE YEAR JehanDaruvala NA
4 PERFORMANCE BIKE OF THE YEAR Triumph India Street Triple RS
5 PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR Skoda India Octavia vRS
6 IMPORT MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR Ducati India SuperSport
7 IMPORT SUV OF THE YEAR Jaguar-Land Rover India Discovery
8 IMPORT CAR OF THE YEAR Audi India A5
9 HALL OF FAME ARAI organization (automotive research association of India) (Entering the hall of fame this year is…)  
10 VIEWERS CHOICE SCOOTER OF THE YEAR Honda Two Wheelers India Grazia
11 VIEWERS CHOICE MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR Bajaj Auto Bajaj Dominar 400
12 VIEWERS CHOICE CAR OF THE YEAR Renault Captur
13 SUV OF THE YEAR Jeep India Compass
14 PREMIUM SUV OF THE YEAR Jaguar-Land Rover India F-Pace
15 COMPACT SUV OF THE YEAR Ford India Ecosport
16 EXPORTER OF THE YEAR 2W Bajaj Auto NA
17 EXPORTER OF THE YEAR 4W Hyundai Motor India NA
18 PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR Mercedes-Benz India E Class
19 COMPACT CAR OF THE YEAR Maruti Suzuki India Dzire
20 MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR 2W Honda Motorcycles & Scooters NA
21 MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR 4W Maruti Suzuki India NA
22 SCOOTER OF THE YEAR Honda Two Wheelers India Cliq
23 MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR KTM India 390 Duke
24 CAR OF THE YEAR Hyundai Motor India Verna

 

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