• 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

Latest press release – February 15-th, 2010, Bucharest28 / 04 / 2010

CHEVROLET Cruze is the 9-th winner in the history
The Moscow 2009 festivity with many international personalities was one of the best in AUTOBEST history
(February 15-th, 2010, Bucharest)

Chevrolet Cruze was voted “AUTOBEST 2010”. With a total of 844 points, the winner overtook Hyundai i20 with only 83 points, making this one of the closest victories in the history of Autobest. Skoda Yeti came third, with a total of 725 points, very close to VW Polo, the fourth place. No less than 12 members of the Jury voted Cruze as the winner, and other 2 gave the first place to Hyundai i20. VW Polo managed to obtain just one no. 1 position. KIA Soul came on 5th, collecting 550 points.

The 9-th edition of AUTOBEST AWARDS festivity took place this year on February 11-th, in a great hall just next door to Kremlin Square, in Moscow,Russia For the ceremony attended more than 100 persons, including the members of the jury, top exectuives from the car industry, international guests, key executives from the Russian auto industry, top-representative journalists from Russia and other countries.

Very important names of the automobiles industry have been present this year to the gala event: Wayne Brannon – Director of Chevrolet Europe, John Fleming, Chairman and CEO Ford of Europe, Ian Slater – Vice-president Communications Ford Europe, Hiroshi Harunari – Managing Director in Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, Paolo Martinelli – FPT Gasoline Engine Platform Vice President, etc.

“We are all very proud of this award because the criteria that you focus on at Autobest are very much in line with what we strive to achieve at Chevrolet, to give customers great looking cars, all the technology they need and great value for money. This evening we’ve heard about some of the many areas that make our industry so exciting: behind each of those disciplines there are real people doing some really hard work and I’d like to mention just a few of the many people behind this beautiful car.

In recent years we’ve established a team of designers and engineers working together in Europe, North America and Asia to meet the needs of customers everywhere. The Chevy Cruze is built in the USA, Korea and right here, in Russia. Thank you Autobest for this award and for celebrating the best that our industry has to offer in this very important part of the world” said Wayne Brannon in receiving the award.

Ilia Seliktar, the Autobest President, stated “The Jury voted for a car we believe is important for our AUTOBEST region. It is about the best buy car we have today. It is about a car manufactured right here in Russia. And yes, is about a car delivering on every promise. Is precisely Chevrolet Cruze.”

“I’m very pleased to be here with you this evening to accept MANBEST 2010. Without the great Ford of Europe team I will not stand here in front of you. I thank all of them for doing a great job in the company. I am always excited to come to AUTOBEST awards. Is a great event, celebrating the achivements of car industry. I also want to congratulate all the winners of this eveneing and the thank the AUTOBEST jury.” John Fleming said receiving “MANBEST 2009” award.

“I’m very pleased to be here with you this evening to accept AUTOBEST’s COMPANYBEST award on behalf of the Hyundai Motor Corporation team” said Denis Petrunin – Hyundai Motors CIS Managing Director, representing Hyundai Motor Corporation, in front of the audience in accepting the “COMPANYBEST 2010” award.

“I want to thank to AUTOBEST Jurors for granting me the DESIGNBEST award for 2009. I’ve been always a designer working for Ford, BMW, Aston Martin and of course Fisker Automotive. I design with no compromise. The cars must be beatiful, great in driving but we also must be resposible and offer cars enverimentelly friendly. I am preparing the Fisker Karma, the world first premium plug-in hybrid.” said Henrik Fisker, in a tv statement directly from California, USA.

“I feel very proud to get such an important prize and I hope in the years to come I’ll be able to justify your trust in me and to be able to make you feel more honored with my future results”, Evgeny Novikov, the winner of SPORTBEST 2009, said.

“I am really delighted to receive this award in name of my company, Volvo. We all know how important is the safety and <<SAFETYBEST 2009>> is a prove that we are continuing to innovate in this field” said Hakan Andersson – VOLVO CARS Quality Director, in receiving the SAFETYBEST 2009 award.

”I am proud to receive the ECOBEST award for the Mitsubishi i-MIEV. We started to deliver the world first electric car to different organizations in Japan and by April this year we go selling the car to everybody. But the i-MIEV project si continuing with new models. We at Mitsubishi Corporation thank AUTOBEST Jury for giving us such an important award. Is a recognition to our work in this field.” stated Hiroshi Harunari – Managing Director Mitsubishi Motor Corporation.

“TECHNOBEST 2008” award went to Fiat Powertrain Technologies and to receive it, during the festivity, was present Mr. Paolo Martinelli – FPT Gasoline Engine Platform Vice President.

The AUTOBEST evening was accompanied with a great artistic performance coming from Pelagea, one the most talented Russian singers, with a modern interpretation of the traditional Russian songs. The Street Jazz dancers accompanied Wayne Brannon to introduce the new Chevy Cruze WTCC. Before the ceremony start, Arfa Project was worming the atmosphere with beautiful music.

But probably the most exciting moment of the gala was the magical moment of AUTOBEST award ceremony. Thanks to the support of people who worked in David Copperfield magician, the organizers managed to make the wrapped car on stage to disappear leaving the audience in stupefaction. David was not in Moscow for “solving” the problem but the organizers managed to bring back the car from the ceiling. “It was the most exciting stage entrance for the winning car in AUTOBEST history”, said Ilia Seliktar, AUTOBEST President

The AUTOBEST Jury would like to thank all the readers from the region for encouraging the project. Also, we would like to thank the PR responsible within the automotive industry for providing all the support in organizing meetings and drive tests of the new products.


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