• 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Maxim Kadakov RussiaRussia

Maxim Kadakov

Personal Information

14.01.1969, Moscow

Country Represented

Russia. Population: 140 mln citizens

Member of Autobest Jury

since 2006.

Car Park

Russia is one of the biggest car markets in Europe with top-result of near 2,9 mln cars were sold in 2012. The estimated sales volume for 2015: 1,5 mln cars.



Editor-in-Chief of Za Rulem magazine, the biggest motoring magazine in Russia with circulation around 300’000 copies a month, with powerful web-site and digital applications (iOS, Android, Windows). Za Rulem magazine was established in 1928.

Motoring Media Career:

  • I began the career of a journalist in 1993 after graduating from Moscow State Technical University. I specialize in writing single and comparison car tests, reviews of new cars, automotive exhibitions, car factories, etc.
  • From 1993 to 2014 I worked like a staff writer in Autoreview magazine (second biggest in Russia) and was responsible also for Ukrainian market from 2006 till 2014. After 21 years in Autoreview I was invited to Za Rulem magazine like Deputy Editor, and from October, 1, 2014 I hold the position of Editor-in-Chief and steer all our activities on all platforms (print magazine, web, social networks, digital apps).

Awards and Nominations / Professional Performances:

I was twice named like the best motoring journalist in Russia. I represented Russia at the famous world contest “The Car of the Century” (1998—2000). I was also a member of the World Car of the Year jury, but a few years ago I decided to give preferences to the AutoBest contest, which is considered to be very important for Russian market.


AUTOBEST is the only competition in which selected not supercars or super achievement, but the real cars for real life. That's why AUTOBEST has a great future, especially in Eastern Europe.