• 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

The 22nd edition of the AUTOBEST Gala Awards is set to take place on May 11th in Rotterdam, the Netherlands27 / 03 / 2023

The 22nd edition of the AUTOBEST Gala Awards is set to take place on May 11th in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The AUTOBEST awards are highly regarded as the most important European accolades – the Oscars of the automotive industry.

Following the tradition of choosing ground-breaking locations for the AUTOBEST Gala Awards, this year’s most important automotive event will be organised in the heart of Rotterdam, in a prestigious historical location. The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk has been built between 1449 and 1525 as the city’s first all stone building. Nowadays it’s the only remnant of the medieval city of Rotterdam. This is the first time when the AUTOBEST Gala Awards is organised in a cathedral, with AUTOBEST exploring thus a new architectonic expression. Evidence of endurance and stability, the location chosen for the Oscars of the car industry aligns with AUTOBEST’s values and mission, as reliable central core voice of the European consumer for the automotive field.

The Netherlands is home to around 5,300 car companies which are generating a combined annual revenue of over 50 billion euros. Electric vehicles have become a great success in the Netherlands, the nation being ranked second after Norway in Europe in terms of its market-share of newly registered passenger electric vehicles in 2019.

Dan Vardie, Founder and Chairman of AUTOBEST said:

`Following our traditions, AUTOBEST is going every year a in a new country from its own territory of no less than 32 European nations represented. We are very happy to be the first time in the Nederlands having some incredible surprises for our VIP guests. The event location in Rotterdam is a landmark of the city and the country. It is a first for us and the show of the Gala will become another milestone in our history! A totally new approach of our decade old Gala, the most important event of independent motoring media in Europe and the world! `

During the Gala Awards, the supreme European accolade, Best Buy Car of Europe 2023, will be handed to Renault, for the Renault Austral.

The other prizes that will be awarded during the ceremony are:

  • COMPANYBEST 2023: Dacia
  • ECOBEST 2023: Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • MANBEST 2023 Hall of Fame: Artur Martins, Global Brand & CX Division, CBO & CXO of Kia
  • DESIGNBEST 2023 Hall of Fame: Jean-Pierre Ploué, Chief Design Officer of Stellantis
  • SMARTBEST 2023: Renault Austral Android Automotive OS with embedded Google services
  • SAFETYBEST 2023: Lidar system of Valeo
  • SPORTBEST 2023: Jutta Kleinschmidt

The access to the event is invitation-based. The AUTOBES Gala Awards 2023 will be live streamed on the website of AUTOBEST (www.autobest.org), Facebook and the YouTube channel of AUTOBEST.


The AUTOBEST organisation was created in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of finding the ‘Best Buy Car’ available on the European market. AUTOBEST is the biggest independent motoring Jury in Europe, with top journalists representing 32 countries, of which Russia is suspended for the time being.

For a car to become an AUTOBEST winner, it must represent the best offer 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 also becoming a more critical factor for voting. AUTOBEST uses a transparent voting system, with a complex matrix of 13 criteria to decide the winner.

Contact: pr@autobest.org

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