• 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

Press Release – AUTOBEST is launching a new award: A star is born by AUTOBEST03 / 10 / 2018

AUTOBEST organisation is launching a new award
„A Star is Born. By AUTOBEST”

VINFAST is the first winner

Paris, France. AUTOBEST is launching a completely new prize dedicated to new start-ups and new ventures in the car industry. As we are seeing an unprecedented number of new companies joining the industry, AUTOBEST decided to award relevant, meaningful new industrial projects on a national and international scale. This is about completely new car brands, new mobility solutions brands and new technology companies.
The procedure to award a new company is very precise and includes an in-depth visit of the AUTOBEST Jury members to the premises of the new company. It also involves a very detailed analysis of the project from all perspectives, from industrial and commercial to the design, personnel and financial resources.

The first winner of `A Star is Born. By AUTOBEST` award is the Vietnamese VINFAST new car producer. “What VinFast is doing is quite extraordinary,” commented Dan Vardie, Chairman of AUTOBEST. “They have developed two new vehicles and constructed an incredible new manufacturing complex in Vietnam – and the business was only established a year ago. What is even more astonishing is that its plans and ambitions go beyond just setting up a car company; it is single-handedly starting Vietnam’s status as an international car manufacturing nation. We felt compelled to recognize its achievements with this first ever AUTOBEST ‘New star’ award.”

James DeLuca, CEO of VinFast said: “For us, the 2018 Paris Motor Show is about introducing VinFast to the world. The feedback to our first two models so far has been tremendous. For our efforts to be recognised by such a respected international body of automotive journalists as AUTOBEST is a fantastic reward for the hard work and dedication of everyone at VinFast.”

At the acceptance of the award in Paris, Mrs.Thuy, Chairwoman of VinFast said: ‘Thank you, Mr Vardie. And thank you, esteemed members of the Autobest jury for bestowing us with this incredible award. It is truly a great honour. We are very proud of what we have achieved in just 12 months. It was only in September last year that we broke ground on our all-new production complex and one month later we offered the Vietnamese people the opportunity to choose the styling direction of these two cars. Since then, our journey to Paris has been exciting, ambitious and incredibly challenging. We understand that we have an even more challenging year ahead. But with our determined spirit, perseverance and the wholehearted dedication of the entire VinFast team, along with the strong support of world-class partners, we have successfully unveiled these two cars on this Paris Motor Show stage. And I am confident that with those same attributes, we can achieve our future goals, too.Accepting this award is an exceptionally proud moment, and not just for me as Chairwoman of VinFast. This accolade has been earned by the thousands of people who have been involved in designing and developing our cars, constructing our new production complex, and in all the other roles that have contributed to our achievements so far. On their behalf, thank you.
Most importantly, I would like to dedicate this Autobest award to the Vietnamese people. VinFast is pioneering the car industry in Vietnam, and along with other Vingroup companies, is leading the transformation of our country’s industrial and economic base to become a globally significant player in technology and innovation. This is helping us to achieve our ultimate goal of improving the lives of the Vietnamese people. A Star is Born refers to VinFast, of course, but we also believe it applies to the emergence of our amazing country on the world stage. So, we at VinFast dedicate this trophy to the people of Vietnam

With its world premiere in Paris Mondial de L’Automobile, VINFAST is the most exciting new brand and vehicles at this year’s show. Two new models have been introduced and two more will follow soon. The sales operation will start in Vietnam only two years after the project was conceived and started from scratch, literally. AUTOBEST published a world exclusive story in most of its 31-member countries, as a result of its visit to the VINFAST facilities in Vietnam.
With the new award, AUTOBEST is stepping onto the global scene, launching the first international award. This is in addition to its eight current awards –COMPANYBEST, MANBEST, DESIGNBEST, SMARTBEST, SAFETYBEST, SPORTBEST, TECHNOBEST and AUTOBEST prize, the most coveted accolade of the Best Buy Car of Europe.

`This is the third completely new initiative we‘ve taken this year. We partnered with our Spanish Jury member, Joan Dalmau and his team from coches.net for the First European Independent EV Comparative test of real range. This is the first stage of ECOBEST Challenge project, a milestone in our history. Previously in June, we launched AUTOBEST SUMMIT Series in Bucharest, Romania, exploring how the new technologies and megatrends may help solving the big urban problems of polluting, parking, heavy traffic, etc` said AUTOBEST Chairman. `At AUTOBEST we are quick in following the trends of the market, assessing as much as we can from the relevant news, making millions of consumers in Europe to understand what is relevant in the car industry, where we are and what is next.` Dan Vardie added.



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 now 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.


Larisa Gîrbacea


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