• Country: Luxembourg
  • Name: Gerhard Kuntschik, President of the Jury Country: Austria Capital: Vienna Population: 9,097,759 Auto Park: 240.000 new registrations (2021)
  • Name: Xavier Daffe Country: Belgium Capital: Bruxelles Population: 11,239,755 Auto Park: 5,9 millions
  • Name: Ilia Seliktar, Honorary President of the Jury and Co-Founder member of the board Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 6,856,602 Auto Park: 2.5 million, year import and registration of new cars - 35 000, second hand - 250 000. Name: Leonid Seliktar Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 6,856,602 Auto Park: 350,000 new vehicles.
  • Name: Ozren Adamović Country: Croatia Capital: Zagreb Population: 3,88 million Auto Park: 1,968,370
  • Name: Petros Soutzis, Co-founder & Vice President of the jury Country: Cyprus Capital: Nicosia Population: 1,141,166 Auto Park: 900,000
  • Name: Vladimir Rybecky Country: Czech Republic Capital: Prague Population: 10 515 669 Auto Park: 6 293 125 registered cars (average age 15,58), 610 405 registered light commercial vehicles, 186 905 registered trucks, 20 489 registered buses (end of the year 2021). Registrations in 2021: 206 876 new cars, 19 660 new LCVs, 8 679 new trucks, 1 367 buses. Car production in 2021: cars 1 105 223, trucks 1 262, buses 4 947.
  • 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
  • Country: France
  • Name: Ioannis Stavropoulos Country: Greece Capital: Athens Population: 10,815,197 Auto Park: 5.200.000 cars, exclude taxi (is about 34.000) LCV and HCV
  • Name: Robert van Ginneken Country: Holland Capital: Amsterdam Population: 17,5 million Auto Park: 9 million of which 400.000 BEV and 145.000 PHEV
  • Name: Gábor Szécsényi Country: Hungary Capital: Budapesta Population: 9,617,512 Auto Park: 4,000,000
  • Name: Achim Stahn Country: Germany Capital: Berlin Population: 83,000,000 Auto Park: 47,700,000
  • 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: 410,000 Registered vehicles, approx. 10,000 new vehicles registered each year
  • Name: David Andersen Country: Norway Capital: Oslo Population: 5,136,700 Auto Park: 3 milion
  • Name: Szczepan Mroczek Country: Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 37,773,915 Auto Park: 25,000,000
  • Name: José Caetano Country: Portugal Capital: Lisbon Population: 10,347,892 Auto Park: 4,480,000
  • Name: Dan Vardie, Founder & Chairman Country: Romania Capital: Bucharest Population: 19,237,691 Auto Park: 8,9 millions
  • Name: Suspended – 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, Co-founder Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,415,949 Auto Park: 2,725,538 Name: Michal Karpat Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,5 milion Auto Park: 3,436.018 cars and LCV registered , 2021 sales: 75.700 cars and LCV
  • Name: Matjaz Korošak Country: Slovenia Capital: Ljublijana Population: 2,061,085 Auto Park: 1,100,000
  • Name: Joan Dalmau Country: Spain Capital: Madrid Population: 46,786,605 Auto Park: 29.9 million vehicles
  • Name: Felix Björklund Country: Sweden Capital: Stockholm Population: 10,23 million Auto Park: 4,887,904
  • Name: Markus Rutishauser Country: Switzerland Capital: Bern Population: 8,306,200 Auto Park: 4,503,339
  • Name: Okan Altan Country: Turkey Capital: Ankara Population: 85 million Auto Park: 25,385,084 (End of 2022, February)
  • Name: Richard Aucock Country: United Kingdom Capital: London Population: 64,511,000 Auto Park: 37,000,000
  • Name: Oleg Vasylevskyi Country: Ukraine Capital: Kiev Population: 42,031,000 Auto Park: 10,950,000 cars and commercial vehicles

AUTOBEST 2019 Press Release21 / 03 / 2018

AUTOBEST is announcing the next Gala Awards in Brussels

AUTOBEST is joining forces with the Spanish Comparative Test for EVs 


AUTOBEST is pleased to announce that the 18th AUTOBEST Awards Gala will take place on 7 February 2019. This follows the announcement at the last Gala in Salzburg that confirmed Brussels as the host city of the 2019 Gala. It is the first time in AUTOBEST’s history that the date and location have been decided so far in advance.

In keeping with the tradition of AUTOBEST, each Gala is held in a different member country each year, making a complete rotation every 31 years to reflect the current composition of the jury. Next year, Brussels, the capital of Europe, will host the gala for the first time.

The Final Test will take place on 27-28 November 2018, at the Vairano proving ground near Milan, Italy. This FIA homologated facility is owned by leading Italian automotive magazine, Quattroruote.  The publication is also represented in the Jury by Alessio Viola, Chief Road Test Editor. As per AUTOBEST rules, each country has just one jury member who is a leading motoring writer in their home nation.

Later this year, the AUTOBEST jury will join forces with Spanish representative, Joan Dalmau of www.coches.net, in the annual EV Comparative Test. Established in 2014, Joan and his team pioneered one of the very first comparative tests for full EVs, giving the consumers in Spain valuable information on the performance, autonomy, recharging times and other useful detail. Since its launch, TOM TOM, El Periodico and Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya have become partners.

This year the EV Comparative Test is scheduled to take place on 10-12 July in Barcelona. Through the AUTOBEST Jury members’ media channels in 31 countries, the results of the test will be published to a significant number of European consumers, who are highly interested in the real performance of the zero-emission vehicles. To date, most of the producers of EVs with sales in Europe have confirmed their participation.

We are pleased to welcome three new jury members. Alessio Viola replaces Gian Luca Pellegrini in representing Italy. Alessio commented: “It is a great honour and privilege to represent Quattroruote in the Autobest jury, a very interesting prize, more and more important and highly considered in this sector. Moreover, it’s useful to meet other nations’ colleagues to widen my knowledge and horizons.”

Markus Rutishauser, Editor in Chief of ACS Auto Magazine and the new member representing Switzerland. He is replacing Philippe Aeberli. Speaking about his appointment, Markus said: “For me, the automobile is tradition, enthusiasm, passion and never-ending love – but also a sense of responsibility towards the earth and its resources. I am looking forward to contributing my experience and independent opinion to the expert jury of AUTOBEST.”

Petr Menshikh, the Editor of leading Russian Za Rulem magazine, joins the AUTOBEST Jury replacing Maxim Kadakov. “I am honoured to be a member of AUTOBEST Jury. I will make my contribution and look forward to work together with colleagues in the European Jury to help develop the project of AUTOBEST,” said Petr.






The AUTOBEST organisation was established in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of “best buy car” available on the European market. A total of 31 European nations is now represented in the Jury, covering the vast majority of the European population. For a car to become an AUTOBEST winner, it must represent the best offering for most European customers. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design and new technologies are becoming important criteria for voting. AUTOBEST uses a transparent voting system, with a complex matrix of 13 criteria to decide the winner.




Larisa Gîrbacea



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