• 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

Gábor Szécsényi HungaryHungary

Personal Information

14.01.1974, Mór, Hungary.

Country Represented

Hungary. Population: approx. 9 600 000.

Member of Autobest Jury

since 2015.

Car Park

4,000,000 vehicles.



Editor in chief of Az Autó and Retro Mobil

Motoring Media Career:

  • 2000-2003: Editor of Autó2 Hungary’s then best-selling automotive monthly and Luxusautó, a quarterly magazine on luxury cars. Specialty of automotive technology and technical contents in general.
  • 2001-2018:Editor of the publisher’s weekly radio program (Tempó) on cars and around.
  • 2001-2003: Editor of the publisher’s weekly TV show on cars and on the automotive world.
  • 2003-2009:Deputy editor in chief of the magazines above and editor of the bi-monthly Retro Mobil magazine on classic vehicles (outlet of the same publisher)
  • 2006-present: Member of the International Engine of the Year Awards jury.
  • 2009-present: After Autó2 has officially changed its name to Az Autó continued as deputy editor in chief and Editor in chief of Retro Mobil.
  • 2013-present: Member of the International Vehicle Dynamics Awards jury.
  • 2013-present: Editor in chief of Az Autó.
  • 2018-present: Contributor to weekly radio show of Klubrádió – on the automotive world.
  • 2015-present: Member of the Autobest jury.


  • Lotus-Retro Mobil Concours d’Elegance Héviz: Exhibition and beauty contest of classic vehicles, since 2006 on a yearly basis. Organizer: Az Autó.
  • Fleet users conference: Yearly symposium on fleet cars. Use and maintenance of fleet vehicles. Organizer: Az Autó.
  • Hangos Az Autó Podcast.
  • Contributor to Klubrádió’s automotive show: Élőben a városból (Live from the city).


I strongly believe that voting- and car-evaluating system of AUTOBEST is by far the best in order to filter out what’s really important for the European customer. Giving a clear and unbiased view is more valuable now than it has ever been before as car markets and the automotive industry as a whole is constantly getting more and more complex with time. As the electrification is coming at full throttle our job is getting more important to point out what really a Best Buy of Europe is. It’s fantastic to be a member of a group of dedicated professionals.