• 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 – 26 January 200508 / 12 / 2010

Austrian Oil Company OMV won DEALBEST 2004 Award.
Official AUTOBEST web site launched during a fascinating festivity in Bucharest
(January 26-th, 2005)

Magicians, dancing duo, climbing athletes and the famous Romanian band Sistem contributed to an impressive show for the fourth edition of AUTOBEST festivity held on January 25-th in Romexpo, Titulescu Hall. During the event, the official AUTOBEST web site was launched. www.autobest.org has a user-friendly interface, rich in content, providing information about the contest, the jury members that come from 11 different countries, the previous AUTOBEST Awards and other relevant information about this unique competition.

The AUTOBEST 2005 event had an audience of more than 250 people, including important personalities from automotive industry in the region, Romanian and regional media, VIP-s. Andi Moisescu, one of the most famous TV stars in Romania, conducted the entire event, prepared and organized by Graffiti BBDO. Each award was preceded by a symbolizing show, which combined arts with music, sport, dance and magic.

The great winner of AUTOBEST 2005 award is the new Dacia Logan, totaling 775 points, 59 points in front /of the new Skoda Octavia and Opel Astra with 127 points. This award was introduced with a special presentation performed by a well-known Romanian magician, Iozefini. A small remote-controlled car drove away from the stage and in return, the new Dacia Logan appeared, driven by Mr. Francois Fourmont, General Manager Automobile Dacia. “I am very happy to receive this award confirming that Logan is a modern, affordable and proper car for the emerging markets.” Mr. Fourmont stated.

MEDIABEST of 2004 award went to Crain Communications, the publishing company of Automotive News. “It is always a real pleasure to receive an award from your colleagues. Automotive News will continue paying attention to these significant emerging markets, due to one simple fact: here is where the news is”, Jesse Snyder, Managing Editor Automotive News declared.

For the acquisition of the majority shares in Petrom, OMV was awarded with DEALBEST 2004. “We were delighted by the suggestive show related to our deal. We believed in this region from years ago and invested significantly, as a proof being this 1.5 billion dollars deal. And this is only the beginning”, Mr. Reiner Schlang, General Manager OMV Mineraloil Romania said.

Alexandre Luc Menard, Renault Vice President in charge of International Operations and Automobile Dacia Chairman, was elected MANBEST of 2004. “I spent much time in the automotive industry in this part of Europe and this award makes me proud and happy. However, forget about me, I am less important. More important are the people that work in Automobile Dacia and Renault Group, who made the Logan project possible. They deserve this award”, declared Mr. Alexandre Luc Menard.

During the festivity other two awards also been granted: “SAFETYBEST 2004” for EuroNCAP and “SPORTBEST 2004” for Mr. Mumtaz Tahincioglu, President of Tomsfed, Turkish auto federation.

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