• Country: Luxembourg
  • Name: Gerhard Kuntschik, Vice President 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, President of the jury & Co-founder 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, Co-founder 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, Founder & Chairman 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, Co-founder 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

Opel Corsa wins BEST BUY CAR OF EUROPE 2020 [press release]16 / 12 / 2019

The new Opel Corsa wins
`AUTOBEST 2020 – Best Buy car of Europe`

Luc Donckerwolke elected the new member of ‘DESIGNBEST 2019’ Hall of Fame

‘TECHNOBEST 2019’ is awarded to Mazda Skyactiv-X

‘ECOBEST 2019’ goes to Volkswagen ID.3

‘SMARTBEST 2019’ goes to SKODA for Laura Personal Assistant

The new Opel Corsa has been voted “AUTOBEST 2019”, the European accolade for `The Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020`. With a total of 17617 points, the new Corsa clinched first place by only 157 points over the new generation Peugeot 208. In percentage, on the total number of allocated points in the Final 5, the difference represents only 0.2%! The Skoda Kamiq came in third place with a total of 16848 points, only 612 points less than the new 208. The Renault Clio and Nissan Juke followed in the overall rankings. Detailed results will be listed in the Final Ranking section on www.autobest.org.

“It was a very balanced Final 5. All the finalists are great examples of what is today ‘a best buy car’ on our continent. The mission of the Jury was not easy, and the difference on the podium is very small. But in every competition must be a winner, and the winner is the new Opel Corsa, ‘The Best Buy Car of Europe’, said Ilia Seliktar, Jury President.

“Last year, at AUTOBEST we said that the next winner of Best Buy Car of Europe should be an electrified brilliant new product. It is exactly what happened, and the new Opel Corsa is a perfect example of electrification for the masses. Thanks to the multi-energy platform, the new Corsa addresses everybody in Europe by offering both ICE and EV versions. Our AUTOBEST winner is the first car in our history starting to build the link between now and tomorrow, between classic and avantgarde propulsions and technologies. The new Corsa is the first eager to democratise the future of electric motoring, making people in Europa to embrace the future confidently as the next normality,” said Dan Vardie, AUTOBEST Founder & Chairman.

This year the Final 5 Test was held on Istanbul City Park, on the famous F1 circuit and nearby roads. It was the most complex and relevant package of tests ever done in the AUTOBEST history.

With 31 countries represented, AUTOBEST is the largest independent motoring Jury in Europe that represents 95% of the European population.

The ‘DESIGNBEST 2019’ award goes to Luc Donckewolke, making him the newest member of AUTOBEST’s unique ‘DESIGNBEST Hall of Fame’ dedicated to most successful car designers we have in the industry. The Belgian is currently the Chief Designer of Hyundai Motor Group – including Kia – after he was initially hired for Hyundai’s Genesis luxury division. He also made his mark in the design departments of Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini. At 54 years old, Donckerwolke is one of the most accomplished designers in the world, ready to embrace new challenges as he is now leading the Korean group.

AUTOBEST Jury members voted for Mazda Skyactiv-X as the winner of ‘TECHNOBEST 2019’ award. Taking the hard way, the Japanese engineers designed and developed a remarkable new approach of gasoline engines aiming to combine the benefits of diesel technology with the gasoline engines advantages. They managed to overcome all the hurdles other car companies’ teams of specialists tried, but failed. Skyactiv-X is a great innovation who show that ICE might stay longer giving a new chance for traditional fuel.

For the outstanding contribution of connecting driver and artificial intelligence in the car, the ‘SMARTBEST 2019’ award goes to SKODA for its LAURA Personal Assistant. Available in Kamiq and Scala models, the voice-controlled digital assistant Laura fully complies with a key AUTOBEST philosophy: bringing new, easy-to-use technology. The AUTOBEST jury highly appreciates the fact that this is the result of an in-house development by Skoda engineers, whereas such systems usually come from companies outside the automotive industry. It shows that cars do not necessarily have to be software carriers from technology companies.

The Volkswagen ID.3 is the winner of ‘ECOBEST 2019’ award. This model is the first implementation of the new MEB platform, which is expected to catapult the Volkswagen Group in the era of EV, faster and bigger than any other carmaker in the world. Starting with ID.3, MEB will be responsible for millions of EVs to be deployed around the world by 2025, in addition to other announced cooperations like the one with the Ford Motor Company, but also others to come in the future. ID.3 has a tremendous mission to open this new saga of Volkswagen, creating the next level of the Golf-like legend.

‘MANBEST’, ‘COMPANYBEST’, ‘SAFETYBEST’, ‘SPORTBEST’ awards have already been announced after Frankfurt Motor Show (please see www.autobest.org). The 19th AUTOBEST Awards Festivity will take place on February 13th in Mainz, Germany. Following the tradition, the AUTOBEST International Jury presents the awards in a different country each year. The previous AUTOBEST Gala was held in Brussels, Belgium.

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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