• 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: The independent AUTOBEST Jury grows29 / 09 / 2016

  • Five new countries join AUTOBEST, representing a record 31 member countries.
  • AUTOBEST is consolidating its position of the Independent Motoring Jury with the largest footprint in Europe.

AUTOBEST is growing from 26 to 31 represented countries. This expansion is part of the “Next Level Approach” strategy inaugurated two years ago. The new five members represent Denmark, Finland, Germany, Malta and Switzerland and are all outstanding motoring writers, car experts and respected voices in their countries. AUTOBEST is keeping its philosophy of only one journalist representing each country. With 31 member countries, the majority of the European population is represented by the Autobest Jury. 

We are also welcoming a new member representing Poland. The statements of the new members are hereunder in this press release.

Dan Vardie, Founder and Chairman stated: With this step, announced here in Paris at the Mondial de L”Automobil, we consolidated the leading position of AUTOBEST as a full-size European Independent Motoring Jury. The ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’ concept is now covering all of the relevant markets of Europe.  This latest move is welcomed by the consumers and auto industry. It comes just one year after our significant enlargement announced last year in Frankfurt at the IAA Motor Show. We will develop our concept, carefully looking to the main trends in the industry.  We will continuously monitor the European customers’ needs and will always come with awards assessing all these.”

The enlarged Jury will start working immediately as of today, by voting in all the awards categories. Voting rules inaugurated last year remain the same for the ‘AUTOBEST 2017’ competition.  The entry limit for a standard price new model is 20.000 Euro (excluding local tax).

The AUTOBEST organisation, established in 2001, adopted the revolutionary concept of finding the ‘best buy car’ available on the European markets. AUTOBEST competition winners must represent the best offer car for most European customers. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the primary criteria. Jury members also give consideration to design and new high-tech gadgets during the voting process. AUTOBEST uses a transparent voting system, with a matrix of 13 criteria in deciding the winner.

Every year, the AUTOBEST Jury organises ‘The Final 5 test’, a thorough comparative driving session of the AUTOBEST competition finalists on public roads and a proving ground. This year, the AUTOBEST drive test takes place at Vairano, Italy, the FIA approved proving ground of Quattroruote. The Final 5 test is scheduled for 23-24 November.

The AUTOBEST Jury is also paying attention to the efforts made within the automotive industry. Investments, new automotive job opportunities for the people, spending funds for green cars and technologies and the support for different regions of Europe are carefully checked and appreciated by the Jury. New onboard technologies and connectivity are also under the scrutiny of the Jury. In all, AUTOBEST dedicates eight awards to the achievements as mentioned above: MANBEST, COMPANYBEST, ECOBEST, DESIGNBEST, TECHNOBEST, SAFETYBEST, SMARTBEST and SPORTBEST.

Ilia Seliktar, AUTOBEST Jury President, comments: All these awards pioneered by the AUTOBEST Jury became European accolades. Winning one of these awards represents a lifetime achievement for any executive, designer, engineer, motorsport team, etc. There is no one, and nothing left outside of the keen eye of AUTOBEST Jury!” 

The AUTOBEST Awards Gala is one of the most important independent automotive events in Europe. Year after year, the Gala brings together top executives from various companies. Thus, it has become the only European Annual Event where competitors gather at the same table with great pleasure. The Awards Gala has evolved over 16 years from a distinguished dinner at a five-star location to a European Gala with world class artistic content, a gourmet menu and a unique Grand Finale for the AUTOBEST Award. This year’s Gala in Milano Teatro Versace proved all of these. Customers from all over Europe can also get in contact with the lottery organised by AUTOBEST which allows their participation at the Gala.


For more info, please contact Alexandra Tatar, PR Director at pr@autobest.org

Please visit www.autobest.org .



 The New AUTOBEST Jury members statements








Mikkel Thomsager, Denmark

Bil Magasinet has since the beginning been dedicated to the reader. I am proud to be part of an impartial jury that celebrates affordable cars.









Tommi Lempinen, Finland

AUTOBEST needs strong and expert competition jury which creates benefit and value for participants by transferring insights and ideas to votes, feedbacks and suggestions. I am really pleased to be a member of such ambitious award.








Thomas Geiger, Germany

I’m happy to join the Jury, because it’s time to get back some “Bread and Butter” in the “Caviar and Champagne“-World of the car industry. We might all dream about super sportscars and ultimate luxury limousines but at the end we by the cars we are going to judge here.








Tonio Darmanin, Malta

It is indeed an honour to be represent Malta on such a prestigious panel of top rated motoring journalists and together I am confident that we can contribute to making AUTOBEST the most significant award any automotive manufacturer can aspire for.







Szymon Sołtysik, Poland

AUTOBEST gives me an opportunity to take a closer look at the automotive industry and take part in an interesting process of testing, assessing and awarding the best affordable cars in Europe. I hope to gain even more experience and meet influential people in the automotive business.





Philipp Aeberli, Switzerland

The passion for cars got me very early. My parents had to fix a dummy-steering wheel to my baby seat, so I could pretend to drive as well.  As soon as I could read, I started buying car-magazines, because I wanted to know everything about it. This finally led me to my job.

I think, it is a very interesting time for the car industry right now. It’s not only about inventing new technologies. The big challenge is also, to make the costumer accepting and understanding new technologies. This is why I support AUTOBEST as a member of the Jury. AUTOBEST is dedicated to the costumers needs. It is an independent organisation which is focussed on the costumer.





  1. Austria – Gerhard Kuntschik, Salzburger Nachrichten
  2. Belgium – Xavier Daffe, Le Moniteur Automobile
  3. Bulgaria – Ilia Seliktar, Autopress
  4. Croatia – Ozren Adamovic, Auto Magazine
  5. Cyprus – Petros Soutzis, Freelance
  6. Czech Republic – Vladimir Rybecky, Autoservis & Oldtimer Magazines & MotorSportING
  7. Denmark – Mikkel Thomsager, Benjamin Media
  8. Finland – Tommi Lempinen, Ilta Sanomat
  9. FranceJean-Eric Raoul, L’Auto-Journal & Sport Auto
  10. Germany – Thomas Geiger, Freelancer journalist & Redaktionsbüro Geiger & T-online.de
  11. Greece – Ioannis Stavropoulos, Motori Magazine & Business Energy & I Dream Team
  12. Holland – Robert van Ginneken, Auto Mobiliteit Magazine
  13. Hungary – Gábor Szécsényi, Az Auto
  14. Ireland – Dave Humphreys, Complete Car | com
  15. Italy – Gian Luca Pellegrini, Quattro Ruote
  16. Republic of Macedonia – Krumislav Barzov, Avto Magazin & Car Automotive TV Show
  17. Malta – Tonio Darmanin, Paqpaq Motorsport
  18. Norway – Arnstein Landsem, Broom & Amcar & Racing & Norsk Motorveteran Magazines
  19. Poland – Szymon Sołtysik, Top Gear
  20. Portugal – José Caetano, A Bola & Auto Foco & Auto Magazine
  21. Romania – Dan Vardie, Auto Pro & 4×4 Crossover Lifestyle Magazine
  22. Russia – Maxim Kadakov, Za Rulem Magazine
  23. Serbia – Mladen Alvirovic, SAT Plus Magazine & SAT TV Show
  24. Slovakia – Rudolf Karpat, Autozurnal
  25. Slovenia – Vinko Kernc, Avtofil & Siol Magazine
  26. Spain – Joan Dalmau, Schibsted Spain
  27. Sweden – Anders Helgesson, Motor Magazine
  28. SwitzerlandPhilipp Aeberli, AZ Zeitungen AG
  29. Turkey – Okan Altan, Automotive Informatics & FASTandBOLD TV & Auto Show
  30. United Kingdom – Peter Nunn, Freelance
  31. Ukraine – Oleg Vasylevskyi, Auto Bild

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