• 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 Press Release – 17 September 200308 / 12 / 2010

Robert Bosch is the “COMPANYBEST of 2003”
Motoring writer legend Paul Frere voted “MEDIABEST of 2003”
(September 17-th, 2003)

The new Fiat Panda, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Getz, Mazda 2, Nissan Micra, Opel Meriva and Renault Megane II Sedan been nominated on the final list of the AUTOBEST 2004 competition. Members of the Jury coming from 9 emerging countries of Europe proposed more than 16 models for the final voting process scheduled for December 4-th.

The German Robert Bosch firm was voted as the “COMPANYBEST of 2003” for the important investments done inside the East and Central European region. Jean Martin Folz, Peugeot Citroen PSA CEO and Fujio Cho, CEO of Toyota Motor Company will share the “MANBEST of 2003” award, The AUTOBEST Jury was selecting the two executives for their decision to make a joint small car and to build a factory in the region.

After many years of developing an extremely interesting program in a many countries, Ford Conservation Awards program was nominated the “ECOBEST of 2003”. Skoda Design Center, one of the very few design studios from the region was prized with “DESIGNBEST of 2003”.

Corrado Provera, the Peugeot WRC rally team leader and a very popular face in the motorsport, was elected “SPORTSBEST of 2003” for his outstanding work at the helm of the world rally champion team. The motoring writer legend, Paul Frere was nominated as “MEDIABEST of 2003” for his entire career and support for the motoring journalism in the East Europe region.

For the first time, AUTOBEST Jury introduced “SAFETYBEST” award for outstanding improvements in the safety area. Renault, a real world record breaker, with no less than 5 cars with 5 stars in EURO NCAP crash tests was just the normal choice.

All the awards will be handled in a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey on December 4-Th. More than 1000 guests, including top executives from the auto industry, media from more than 25 countries, motorsport celebrities, TV stars and politicians, will come to the first international motoring event held by Turkey. The festivity in Istanbul is the III-rd AUTOBEST ceremony, after the successful events in 2001, Bucharest, Romania and last year in Sofia, Bulgaria.

AUTOBEST organisation is the only international Jury focusing on the emerging markets countries. To become an AUTOBEST winner, a car must be the best offer for the average customer in the region. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design, new high tech gadgets are coming on the second importance in the process. AUTOBEST is the only international Jury using a complex matrix of 13 criteria in deciding the winner. Last year, Citroen C3 emerged as the AUTOBEST 2003.

The AUTOBEST Jury is also paying attention to the efforts that automotive industry is taking. Investments, new working opportunities for the population, spending funds for ecological initiatives, putting the East of Europe on wheels are carefully checked and appreciated by the Jury.

For this year festivity, AUTOBEST members of the Jury are coming from 9 countries in the region and represent a virtual market with more than 100 mil people. During the festivity in Istanbul the 10-th country represented will be introduced and will become effective member of AUTOBEST Jury on January 1-st, 2004.


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