• 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

Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV wins AUTOBEST 201814 / 12 / 2017

The new Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV has been voted “AUTOBEST 2018”, the European accolade for `The Best Buy Car of Europe in 2018`. With a total of 1423 points, the C3 Aircross clinched first place by a comfortable 121 points over the Opel Grandland X.  The VW T-Roc came in third place with a total of 1205 points. The Seat Ibiza, Ford Fiesta and Honda Civic followed in the overall rankings.

It is my pleasure to congratulate Linda Jackson and her management team for winning AUTOBEST 2018 award! In front of such competition, C3 Aircross proved to be a champion, convincing the Jury members that is the right choice for this edition. It is also a new victory for an SUV, proving once again the Jury ability not only to follow the market developments but also to detect the trends by giving the European customers a real guide in buying the cars fit for tomorrow!” said Ilia Seliktar, the Jury President.

“In a rare situation in the AUTOBEST history, this year we had 6 new models competing for the Best Buy Car of Europe in 2018. Was a tough competition- all the 6 cars deserve our congratulations! – giving the new Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV a remarkable victory and the possibility to be the European champion! Coming from Jury members of so many countries of our continent, the result is relevant at an European level. It is also a clear result of the new Citroën journey, based on bold strategies and a new range and a clear identity for the brand. said Dan Vardie, AUTOBEST Founder & Chairman.

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“MANBEST 2017”
is awarded to Mr. Li Shufu, the Founder and Chairman of Geely Holding Group. Starting from a humble Chinese village, Chairman Li built an impressive automotive group, integrating leading brands that include Volvo Cars, Proton, Lotus, London Taxi and launching a revolutionary approach of the car industry with Lynk & Co brand. Just recently, he completed the acquisition of Terrafugia, a remarkable startup for flying cars. Mr. Li is a great example of a visionary in the automotive industry, proving that someone can succeed having the right strategy and determination to succeed.

The “COMPANYBEST 2017” award goes to the Jaguar Land Rover. The prize is a recognition of the incredible journey of the British company under the leadership of Dr. Ralf Speth and his management team. After Tata Motors took over JLR, the company introduced remarkable products for Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover with great success and a global appeal. The company not only managed to turn its finances around, but has also become a benchmark in the car industry concerning profitability per unit. Last but not least, in this complicated times caused by the Brexit, JLR proved to be the best British corporate employer, restating the commitment to the UK, increasing its number of employees and continuously investing in research & development.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche LMP1, is the winner of “SPORTBEST 2017”. Austrian-born Enzinger was already a well-respected manager in motorsports. His career included stints in Formula One with Williams-BMW and Sauber-BMW before he was called up by Porsche to set up the Le Mans Prototype program in 2011. Under his guidance the Porsche 919 hybrid was developed and debuted in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, winning the final race in Sao Paulo in the first season. Porsche then dominated the following WEC seasons, with three Le Mans 24 hours wins in 2015, 2016 and 2017 which brought Porsche’s Le Mans overall wins to 19. Enzinger can be proud of 20 pole positions, 17 wins (7 doubles) and six world titles after 34 races of the 919 prototype.

This year the AUTOBEST Jury has decided not to grant the “TECHNOBEST” award. “It is the second year running that the Jury members have decided not to award the most important prize for traditional automotive technologies. We cannot see any more breakthrough technologies coming out. It is a sign showing the car industry is investing less in these technologies, but going in IT,” commented Dan Vardie.

“SMARTBEST”, “SAFETYBEST” “DESIGNBEST” and “ECOBEST” awards have already been announced after IAA Frankfurt. The 17th AUTOBEST Awards Festivity will take place on 7 February 2018, in Salzburg, Austria. Following the tradition, the AUTOBEST International Jury present the awards in a different country each year. The previous AUTOBEST Gala was held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The European AUTOBEST Jury thanks the readers from all Europe for encouraging the project and the various PR departments responsible in the automotive industry for providing all the support in organising meetings and drive tests of the new products. .



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 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.

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