• 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: Alexandra Legendre 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: Alessio Viola 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: David Andersen Country: Norway Capital: Oslo Population: 5,136,700 Auto Park: 4,632,000
  • Name: Szczepan Mroczek Country: Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 38,437,239 Auto Park: 23,000,000
  • Name: Rui Pedro Reis 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: Petr Menshikh 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: Dušan Lukič 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: Alrik Söderlind Country: Sweden Capital: Stockholm Population: 9,775,572 Auto Park: 4,495,473
  • Name: Markus Rutishauser 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: Richard Aucock 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 – 29 October 200208 / 12 / 2010

Peugeot become the second COMPANYBEST winner for emerging markets of Europe
For the first time, “SPORTBEST” and “DESIGNBEST” awards will be granted
(October 29-th, 2002)

For the outstanding activity performed among the emerging markets of Europe, Peugeot takes the “COMPANYBEST of 2002” award. Members of the Jury voted unanimously in favor of the French manufacturer, emphasizing the huge success Peugeot brand has in our region, by supplying the appropriate cars for the demand in the region.

As the “MANBEST of 2002”, Louis Schweitzer, Chairman of Renault Group was elected. Mr. Schweitzer proved to be one of the top executives in the automotive business, trusting the values and customers from the region. Turning Dacia make into a successful international popular brand is one of the most challenging tasks ever taken by the industry.

Austrian oil company OMV is taking the lead this year changing “COMPANYBEST of 2001” award from last year with “ECOBEST of 2002” thanks to its policy of keeping only green fuels to the pumps. Even more, OMV proved a great care about the environment, investing heavily in the region but keeping drastic rules for protecting the nature.

“MEDIABEST of 2002” award is going to Peter Homola, a well-known motoring freelancer. Peter is one of the very few journalists traveling all around the region in order do discover the automotive industry activities. He published an impressive number of articles in many countries from East and Central Europe.

Two new awards will come this year. “SPORTSBEST of 2002” award is going to West Mc Laren Mercedes team for the West Race Day project, which was held over 6 months in 7 countries (CZE, SVK, RUS, POL, SLO, HUN and GER) starting back in April this year. The final event took place at Brno circuit (CZE) on September 20 and 21, and was attended by over 130 media representatives from 10 countries. The 7 final candidates of the contest were trained, guided and looked after by a group of professionals (including David Coulthard, Alexander Wurz, Michael Doohan) and the overall winner drove 5 laps of the Brno circuit in Coulthard’s last year’s West McLaren Mercedes MP4-16!

“DESIGNBEST of 2002”, another fresh new awards is prizing the activity of Murat Gunak, a Turkish born outstanding designer, leading Mercedes style center. The jury took into consideration the remarkable design activity to give Mercedes a better appeal. More than ever before, design is leading the competition in front of technology and marketing. Yesterday, design was used only to make technology looks decent. Nowadays, Mr. Gunak proved that technology must keep the pace with the outstanding design. .

Following the last year success of the Bucharest, Romania, festivity, this year event will take place on December 6-th, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Jury member will also take the final vote for the “AUTOBEST of 2003” award, voting in a complex points ranking sheet. The winner and the final rankings will be communicated during the festivity in Sofia. After the first round of votes coming from all 9 countries, 7 cars are going in the final competition:

Citroen C3

Fiat Stilo

Ford Fiesta

Renault Clio Symbol / Thalia

Seat Ibiza

Toyota Corolla

VW Polo

AUTOBEST Jury, founded last year, is prizing the activity of the automotive industry in the region of the emerging markets of Europe. To be an “AUTOBEST” is important, first of all, to be an affordable new car, with excellent dealer’s network and spare parts availability. Only on the second level of scrutiny are coming other issues, including new tech gadgets, sometimes quite expensive and not so necessary for a basic motoring. Is a matter of fact, the emerging markets average customer is far from the financial possibilities reached on the western markets.