• 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: 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

Press Release November 2014- Autobest finalists 201512 / 11 / 2014

Martin Smith, Executive Design Director for Ford in Europe is voted “DESIGNBEST 2014”

  • Jaguar Land Rover is awarded “SMARTBEST 2014” for the “InControl Apps”.
  • Volvo’s “Safe Positioning” system is voted the “SAFETYBEST 2014”
  • “TECHNOBEST 2014” is going to Citroen for the new AirBump technology

Citroen C4 Cactus and the new generations of Hyundai i20, Opel Corsa and Skoda Fabia are the finalists for the AUTOBEST 2015 competition. The jury will have a final assessment in the first decade of December and will vote just on time for December 15-th to announce the winner.

On November 26/27-th, the AUTOBEST Jury will go on NAVAK proving ground near Belgrade, Serbia for the Final 4 test. “There is already a tradition to perform one of the most relevant, complex drive tests in the motoring media. Every manufacturer already been present to one of our previous event noticed the high quality of NAVAK center, excellent organization and the very professional approach of our Jury members. But every year we come with an evolution on the program, this year AUTOBEST NAVAK event been probably the most revolutionary” stated Ilia Seliktar, President of the AUTOBEST Jury.

The Jury honors Martin Smith with the “DESIGNBEST 2014” award for his outstanding design career at Ford, where for the last decade he implemented a remarkable design strategy, which defined a strong and dynamic identity with lines that convey “energy in motion”. He has tactfully conducted the transition from the edge design body language to the emotional, yet always daring and forward looking “Kinetic Design” that we can see across the Ford range. Mr. Martin Smith has retired this year from his position as head of Ford of Europe design department but leaves an unmistakable legacy, which places Ford in the vanguard of automotive design with highly successful models such as Mondeo, Focus, Fiesta and Kuga.

“SAFETYBEST 2014” is awarded to Volvo’s “Safe Positioning” system, which protects the passengers in the situation when the car runs off-road unintended. This scenario occurs very often. As studies show, half of all traffic fatalities in the USA and one third of the fatal and severe injury crashes in Sweden are connected to road departure accidents. The Safe Positioning system developed by Volvo is a world first among car safety technologies, and debuts on the new generation of the XC90 SUV. It is part of the Swedish car manufacturer’s plan that by 2020 no one should be killed or injured in a new Volvo car. Safe Positioning detects when the car departs the road and commands the front safety belts to tighten. Thus, the occupants are kept firmly in place. At the same time, the seats have energy absorption function, which reduces by one third the forces that apply vertical pressure on the spine of the passengers. Volvo also introduces a second world first with the new XC90 model. This is the automatic braking function which acts if the driver turns in front of an incoming car while entering an intersection.

The “SMARTBEST 2014” award goes to Jaguar Land Rover for “InControl Apps”. This system is available on new Jaguar and Land Rover models starting with 2014. It transfers the app interface from the Android or Apple smartphones to the in-car infotainment touchscreen, via a plug wire. It allows the user to access intuitively and with reduced distraction from driving all functions that are configured on the phone, like applications, email, navigation, contact list, music archive etc. The “InControl Apps” system is upgradeable as new apps become available and it offers the users a great freedom of choice. For example, the driver can use a preferred navigation app instead of the car’s navigation map. A generous number of useful apps like the ones for finding parking space or hotels are already available with the system. In addition, some applications, like the one which delivers traffic information, have been optimized for InControl Apps with an easier to use interface.

“TECHNOBEST 2014” is going to Citroen for the very simple, affordable and clever world first new technology “Citroen Air Bumb”. This protect the car from minor everyday bumps and scrapes. The Airbump panels are made from supply TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) and include tiny air capsules that absorb impacts and help prevent scratches. No maintenance is required and help cut costs from small scratches and bumps.

AUTOBEST organization is the only international independent jury focusing on “best buy” cars available on the European markets. To become an AUTOBEST winner, a car must be the best offer for the average customer. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design and new high-tech gadgets are coming in line as important criteria’s for voting. AUTOBEST is using a transparent voting system, with a complex matrix of 13 criteria in deciding the winner. Launched more than 12 years ago, AUTOBEST “best buy car” profound philosophy is even more valid today –in a shrinking European markets- than it was a decade ago.

The AUTOBEST Jury is also paying attention to the efforts that automotive industry is making. Investments, new automotive job opportunities for the people in AUTOBEST region, spending funds for ecological initiatives, the support for different regions of Europe are carefully checked and appreciated by the Jury.

For this year, AUTOBEST members of the Jury are coming from 15 European countries and represent a virtual market with more than 300 million people. Each member of the Jury is an outstanding motoring journalist, a respected voice in his country. AUTOBEST is the second largest independent motoring Jury of Europe.

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