• 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 – 18 March 200408 / 12 / 2010

Poland joined AUTOBEST organization
Belgrade hosted AUTOBEST 2004 festivity
(March 18-th, 2004)

The Autobest 2004 festivity was held in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro capital. „For us, wining AUTOBEST 2004 award is important showing that our small car is also a more objective selection choice. AUTOBEST is well conceived as a best- buy competition for the main customer in the emerging markets region of Europe. We are proudly receiving this award!”, Gerry Clarke, the Scottish export manager of Fiat Auto spa declared in front of audience invited in Hyatt Regency ball-room in the middle of February.

Fiat Panda was elected the „AUTOBEST 2004” with 474 points in front of Opel Meriva, with 389 points and Renault Megane II Sedan ranking no 3 with 381 points. 3 members of the Jury selected Panda as no 1 (for full results, see the annex) but other 3 voted Meriva as no 1. Megane was received also a clear no1 position. Two members of the Jury has the same two cars- Megane II and Panda- sharing the position no 1. The AUTOBEST 2004 was elected by the members of the Jury from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia and Turkey.

Last year scheduled festivity in Istanbul, Turkey was canceled in the very last moment due to the terrorist’s attacks. Consequently, the festivity was held in Belgrade and some other awards from last year were handed during the press days of Geneva 2004 Motor Show. “For us, the “MANBEST of 2003” granted to Mr. Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Corporation CEO, was a surprise but also a great honor. Our constant policy is to go with the production facility where our customers are. This was the reason to invest in the Central Europe.” Mr. Shuhei Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said during the receiving award festivity in Geneva. Another important moment was handing the „SPORTBEST 2004” award to Corrado Provera, Peugeot Rally Team President. „In spite of our just no 2 in the manufacturers WR rankings last year, we receive this award as an appreciation of our commitment to performance.” Provera said. Paul Frere, the worldwide motoring writer legend was happy to receive the „MEDIABEST 2004” award. Even if not as big festivity as planned for Istanbul, Geneva was better. „Actually I was not eager to go there!” Frere humoristically said. The other awards were also sent to the winners.

During Geneva meeting of AUTOBEST Jury a new country was welcomed. Piotr Frankowski, a well-respected motoring journalist of Poland is becoming the 11 –th member of the Jury, after Oleg Vasylevsky of Ukraine joining the Jury at the beginning of 2004. The 11 countries represented in the Jury counts for a regional market of more than 200 mil population. „AUTOBEST Jury is already achieved a critical mass to represent an important motoring writers jury in Europe. We are currently negotiating with journalists from other countries in the region to join our organization. But we are not in a hurry looking for a consistent growth, inviting only the very best and respected professionals in the countries we look having on board.” Dan Vardie, AUTOBEST Chairman explained.


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