• Name: Gerhard Kuntschik Country: Austria Capital: Vienna Population: 8,8 millions Auto Park: 328.000 new registrations (2019)
  • Name: Xavier Daffe Country: Belgium Capital: Bruxelles Population: 11,239,755 Auto Park: 5,9 millions
  • Name: Ilia Seliktar Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 7,364,570 Auto Park: 2.5 million, year import and registration of new cars - 35 000, second hand - 250 000.
  • Name: Ozren Adamović Country: Croatia Capital: Zagreb Population: 4,284,889 Auto Park: 1,968,370
  • Name: Petros Soutzis Country: Cyprus Capital: Nicosia Population: 1,141,166 Auto Park: 900,000
  • Name: Vladimir Rybecky Country: Czech Republic Capital: Prague Population: 10,538,275 Auto Park: 5 989 538 registered cars, 587 186 registered light commercial vehicles, 186 881 registered trucks (end of the year 2019). Registrations in Czech Republic in 2019: 249 915 new cars, 20 436 new LCVs, 9852 new trucks, 1220 buses. Car production in Czech Republic in 2019: cars + LCVs 1 427 563, trucks cca 1000 (not official), buses 5217.
  • 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
  • Name: Olivier Pagès Country: France Capital: Paris Population: 66,616,416 Auto Park: 33,000,000
  • 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: 16,491,852 Auto Park: More than 8,9 million. Of which EV 108.000, PHEV plus Range Extender 96.000 (status 12-2019). Average age passenger car owner: 51 years. Average use passenger cars: 13.500 km/year
  • Name: Gábor Szécsényi Country: Hungary Capital: Budapesta Population: 9,877,365 Auto Park: 3,800,000
  • 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: 310,000
  • Name: David Andersen Country: Norway Capital: Oslo Population: 5,136,700 Auto Park: 4,632,000
  • Name: Szczepan Mroczek Country: Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 38,437,239 Auto Park: 23,000,000
  • Name: Rui Pedro Reis Country: Portugal Capital: Lisbon Population: 10,427,301 Auto Park: 4,480,000
  • Name: Dan Vardie Country: Romania Capital: Bucharest Population: 19,237,691 Auto Park: 8,9 millions
  • Name: 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 Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,415,949 Auto Park: 2,725,538
  • Name: Matjaz Korošak Country: Slovenia Capital: Ljublijana Population: 2,061,085 Auto Park: 1,100,000
  • Name: Joan Dalmau Country: Spain Capital: Madrid Population: 46,464,053 Auto Park: 29.9 million vehicles
  • Name: Håkan Nilsson 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: 77,695,904 Auto Park: 23,156,975 (End of 2019)
  • Name: Richard Aucock Country: United Kingdom Capital: London Population: 64,511,000 Auto Park: 28,000,000
  • Name: Oleg Vasylevskyi Country: Ukraine Capital: Kiev Population: 42,031,000 Auto Park: 9,500,000

Dan Vardie RomaniaRomania

Personal Information

03.02.1964, Bucharest, Romania.

Country Represented

Romania. Population: 19,942,642.

Member of Autobest Jury

since 2000 – Founder & Chairman

Car Park

6,270,615 vehicles.

Career

Occupation

Founder & Chief Editorial Officer of AUTOpro, 4 X 4 Crossover Lifestyle magazine, CAESAR and TEMPORIS

Motoring Media Career:

• December 1993 – Launched “AUTOpro” car magazine, the first Romanian modern magazine after Berlin wall fall. Today is the long lasting modern magazine of Romania, the most respected, sought after and modern automotive media brand of Romania. In December 2015, AUTOPro was the first car magazine in the world coming with a new editorial concept focused on the new disruptive 4 megatrends –defined by Dan Vardie as a first back then- green, connected, autonomous, sharing.
• April 2000 – Launched “AUTOSHOW” , the first Romanian modern fortnightly car magazine
• Mai 2001 – Launched “4 X 4 Crossover Lifestyle magazine”. The first European concept for a media content merging SUV/ crossover world with outdoor activities and products
• December 2003 – launched CAESAR magazine, the first Romanian & Central Europe luxury magazine about luxury universe.
• May 2005 – Launched Romanian edition of “Quattroruotte”, the only joint ventures company established by Editoriale Domus outside Italy
• May 2008- launched TEMPORIS magazine, on original, genuine watch media concept –on and off line- about the watch universe.
• December 2008 – “AUTOSHOW” and Romanian “Quattroruotte” magazines been sold to Burda Germany, the only transaction in the Romanian motoring media, when a German company paid for a media acquisition.
• May 2014 – AUTO NEWS Host at EUROPA FM, a daily show at the most popular radio network. AUTONEWS is a part of a daily afternoon program, no 1 in audience in Romania. These radio activities were coming after successful other radio programs in the past such as “AUTOSHOW” at PRO FM and “AUTO Pro FM Club.” Producer of several TV car related news and shows.

Awards and Nominations / Professional Performances:

• Mai 1996 – Founding President of APAR – The Romanian Motoring Press Association. Honorary Chairman of APAR since 2001
• December 1998 – Founder of the “Romanian Car of the Year”. Since 2005 President of the Organization Committee and the Jury.
• May 2000- Founder of “The 4 x 4 SUV of Romania”, “The 4 x 4 Off Roader of Romania” and “The 4 x 4 Pick up of Romania” competition reserved to vote the SUV’s of the year. Later was introduced “The 4 x 4 SUV Premium of Romania”
• September 2000 – Founder and Chairman of “AUTOBEST” Association.
• Since 2008 – Member of International Engine of the Year Jury, representing Romania.
• Winner of several national professional awards, being elected for several years as `The Best Romanian Automotive Journalists`

Statement

We are preparing for the next year the 20-th Anniversary of AUTOBEST. In these two decades, AUTOBEST became the largest independent motoring media in Europe and in the world by the number of countries represented – 31! The `AUTOBEST- Best Buy Car of Europe` award is the most important automotive accolade, addressing to more than 80% of the European car consumers. AUTOBEST Jury is the world champion in exploring the new frontiers of mobility, the first independent motoring media organization in the world who clearly stated the future of EV’s- pls see the AUTOBEST Credo released on February 1, 2017- and asking the right question about `how we produce the electricity on board of the automobile?` AUTOBEST with the other prizes – including the newest one `The Future is Here` - and other projects- ECOBEST Challenge, AUTOBEST SUMMIT Series, AUTOBEST Charity Fund, Miss A & Mr B cartoon personages, and many other initiatives- is the most complex and relevant independent motoring media organization in the world. We see many of our ideas, awards and initiatives becoming a source of inspiration for other colleagues and media organizations, which we see it as a compliment and confirmation of our creative work. We are very proud about our AUTOBEST Awards Gala, the key global event of the motoring media industry today. The latest edition of this February in Mainz, Germany, was another proof about our way of helping many millions of car consumers to be correctly informed about the key achievements of the industry and how to interpret the disruptive future. We call it `The AUTOBEST way`!