• Name: Gerhard Kuntschik Country: Austria Capital: Vienna Population: 8,602,112 Auto Park: 350,000
  • Name: Xavier Daffe Country: Belgium Capital: Bruxelles Population: 11,239,755 Auto Park: 482,939
  • Name: Ilia Seliktar Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 7,364,570 Auto Park: 3,5 mil.
  • Name: Ozren Adamović Country: Croatia Capital: Zagreb Population: 4,284,889 Auto Park: 1,968,370
  • Name: Petros Soutzis Country: Cyprus Capital: Larnaca Population: 1,141,166 Auto Park: 900,000
  • Name: Vladimir Rybecky Country: Czech Republic Capital: Prague Population: 10,538,275 Auto Park: 5,060,360
  • Name: Mikkel Thomsager Country: Denmark Capital: Copenhagen Population: 5,700,000 Auto Park: 2,278,000
  • Name: Tommi Petteri Lempinen Country: Finland Capital: Helsinki Population: 5,300,000
  • Name: Jean-Eric Raoul Country: France Capital: Paris Population: 66,616,416 Auto Park: 33,000,000
  • Name: Ioannis Stavropoulos Country: Greece Capital: Athens Population: 10,815,197
  • Name: Robert van Ginneken Country: Holland Capital: Amsterdam Population: 16,491,852 Auto Park: 8,230,000
  • Name: Gábor Szécsényi Country: Hungary Capital: Budapesta Population: 9,877,365 Auto Park: 3,000,000
  • Name: Jutta Bernhard Country: Germany Capital: Berlin Population: 82,000,000 Auto Park: 45,800,000
  • Name: Dave Humphreys Country: Ireland Capital: Dublin Population: 6,378,000 Auto Park: 2,515,322
  • Name: Gian Luca Pellegrini Country: Italy Capital: Rome Population: 60,795,612 Auto Park: 36,900,000
  • Name: Krumislav Barzov Country: Macedonia Capital: Skopje Population: 2,058,539 Auto Park: 400,000
  • Name: Anthony Alfred Darmanin Country: Malta Capital: Valletta Population: 425,000 Auto Park: 310,000
  • Name: Landsem Arnstein Country: Norway Capital: Oslo Population: 5,136,700 Auto Park: 4,632,000
  • Name: Szymon Sołtysik Country: Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 38,437,239 Auto Park: 23,000,000
  • Name: José Caetano Country: Portugal Capital: Lisbon Population: 10,427,301 Auto Park: 4,480,000
  • Name: Dan Vardie Country: Romania Capital: Bucharest Population: 19,942,642 Auto Park: 6,270,615
  • Name: Maxim Kadakov Country: Russia Capital: Moscow Population: 143,975,923
  • Name: Mladen Alvirović Country: Serbia Capital: Belgrad Population: 7,209,764 Auto Park: 2,200,000
  • Name: Rudolf Karpat Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,415,949 Auto Park: 2,725,538
  • Name: Vinko Kernc Country: Slovenia Capital: Ljublijana Population: 2,061,085 Auto Park: 1,100,000
  • Name: Joan Dalmau Country: Spain Capital: Madrid Population: 46,464,053 Auto Park: 855,308
  • Name: Anders Helgesson Country: Sweden Capital: Stockholm Population: 9,775,572 Auto Park: 4,495,473
  • Name: Philipp Aeberli Country: Switzerland Capital: Bern Population: 8,306,200 Auto Park: 4,503,339
  • Name: Okan Altan Country: Turkey Capital: Ankara Population: 77,695,904 Auto Park: 14,500,000
  • Name: Peter Nunn Country: United Kingdom Capital: London Population: 64,511,000 Auto Park: 28,000,000
  • Name: Oleg Vasylevskyi Country: Ukraine Capital: Kiev Population: 44,291,413 Auto Park: 9,000,000

Autobest Press Release – 07 December 200708 / 12 / 2010

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Fiat Linea is the “AUTOBEST 2008”
SKODA Auto elected “COMPANYBEST 2007”
(December 07-th, 2007)

Fiat Linea was voted “AUTOBEST 2008”. With a total of 850 points, the winner overtook Kia Cee’d with 66 points, and Mazda 2, came third with a total of 704 points. 8 members of the Jury selected Linea as the winner, and other 4 gave the first place to KIA c’eed. Mazda 2 managed to obtain two no 1 position. With just one no 1 position among the Jury members, Skoda Fabia came on 4-th position with 679 points and Toyota Auris on 5-th, collecting 583 points. (for detailed results, see Final Ranking attachment).

A fair assessment between winners cannot be done just comparing the points. Three years ago, only 12 members been in AUTOBEST Jury. For this edition, there are15 motoring journalists. Therefore, this year we introduce a new index for a fair comparison: average percentage of points granted by the Jury members for a car out of the total no of points. In 2006, KIA Rio, managed to take an average of 24,5 % out of the total available no of points. Last year was the biggest index, Opel Corsa won with 25% points out of the maximum points. Fiat Linea won with 23,5 %.

“It was a very tough competition, with strong competitors. The new Fiat Linea proved to be an overall winner with an excellent value for money, a very good car for the needs of regular customers. KIA cee’d was a fantastic contender close to the winner and shortly followed by Mazda 2. All these three models are simply great cars, with strong sales. However, we can only have one winner. The new Linea is representing the best buy car for many countries around the world, not only the 15 countries represented by the Jury members.” Mr. Dan Vardie, AUTOBEST Chairman, stated.

Skoda Auto was voted “COMPANYBEST 2007” for the outstanding results announced by the company in the last years. The sales figures of Skoda worldwide and the amazing plans for manufacturing in other regions of the world are serious arguments for the Jury to grant such an important award. “We are very proud of Skoda. For a company with roots in our region, becoming so successful in so many markets, represents a huge success. Only few years ago, almost nobody was able to imagine where Skoda will go. And the story is still at the beginning!” Dan Vardie said.

AUTOBEST Jury decided that Christopher John Lacey – (Chris), the Executive Director, Central & Eastern Europe, General Motors Europe, to be elected as “MANBEST 2007”. His role in the Central & Eastern European success of GM brands is decisive. Chris is the best example of a self made man, coming from scratch to an international success story. He was one of the very first executives trusting the emerging markets region of Europe as the future of growth for the European auto industry. “Today we thank Chris for his stubborn English believe in East. Because of him we have a better car business today.” Dan Vardie added.

This year “DESIGNBEST 2007” is going to Patrick Le Quement, Chief Designer of Renault. Patrick is one the best designers we have nowadays in the car industry. He managed to create Renault design language but also to coordinate Logan design, a car that finally turned in a global success. As he sometimes declares, Patrick abandoned the “esperanto” style in order to give a real identity to the brands of Renault Group.

Autobest Jury voted Milos Pavlovic, the young Serbian motorsport talent to become “SPORTBEST 2007”. After Kubica, last year winner, Milos is another proof of talent coming from our region. He managed in World Series of Renault Championship to finish on the podium. For the next season Milos is committed to go for a better performance.

For AUTOBEST car winner, Jury made its decision taking into consideration 13 criteria, each of them counting a specific number of points that reflect a different importance in the final vote of each car. The price, with 60 points out of a total of 240 available to be distributed among the finalists, is the most important. Other sensitive issues for the region, like distribution network, service and spare parts availability, consumption, versatility and boot capacity, count for 20 points each. All of these specific criteria for the customers in emerging countries totalize more than a half of the total number of points. Other issues, common for all European countries, like new technologies, handling, dynamics, environmental friendly, are less important. The design, evaluated with 30 points maximum, becomes more and more important for the clients in emerging countries.

The seventh edition of AUTOBEST AWARDS FESTIVITY will take place at the beginning of February 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the tradition, AUTOBEST International Jury grants the awards in different country every year. Last year, the awards festivity was held in Budapest, Hungary. Besides the AUTOBEST winners, in Turkey are also invited important people and decision makers from the automotive industry in Turkey and Europe as well, politicians, stars, sports people and famous personalities.

AUTOBEST Jury thanks the readers from the region for encouraging the project and the PR responsible in the automotive industry for providing all the support in organizing meetings and drive tests of the new products.