• 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


  • This is another first for AUTOBEST, as the Awards Gala, regarded as the key motoring media event of Europe and the world, is coming Luxembourg

In homage to AUTOBEST’s tradition of choosing groundbreaking locations for its Gala Awards, this year’s event will be hosted within the captivating landscapes and cultural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Situated in the wonderful Oesling region of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Leweck Resort emerges as a symbol of hospitality and excellence, with a heritage deeply rooted in traditions, passed down through generations. Reflecting AUTOBEST’s esteemed legacy, the resort’s rich history and dedication to creating unforgettable experiences seamlessly align with the principles embraced by the automotive industry’s most prestigious accolade. The AUTOBEST awards are highly regarded as the most prestigious European accolades, often referred to as the Oscars of the automotive industry in Europe and the world, bringing together influential automotive figures worldwide.

Dan Vardie, Founder and Chairman of AUTOBEST declared: `It is with great pleasure to be in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a privilege offered to us by the Leweck family with their beautiful resort surrounded by incredibly wonderful landscape. AUTOBEST Jury, the largest independent motoring media Jury of Europe and the world by the number of countries represented, is proud to hand out a number of awards, many of the winners as a premiere in our 23 years history. As one example, we have the first Chinese brand winning the Best Buy Car of Europe most wanted automotive accolade of our time. We will welcome a remarkable number of international guests, key figures from our industry next to the relevant representatives of Luxembourg car companies, VIP’s and political leaders. As always, we will all enjoy a magic night in celebration of the automotive world.`

During the Gala Awards, the prestigious European accolade, Best Buy Car of Europe 2024, will be presented to BYD for the BYD DOLPHIN.

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

COMPANYBEST 2024: Dr. ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

ECOBEST 2024: Citroën ë-C3

MANBEST 2024 Hall of Fame: Denis Le Vot, Executive Vice President and CEO Dacia Brand

DESIGNBEST 2024 Hall of Fame: Gilles Vidal, Design Vice President Renault Group

SMARTBEST 2024: Lotus Hyper OS system

SAFETYBEST 2024: Continental for the Detectable Jacket

SPORTBEST 2024: David Richards

TECHNOBEST 2024: CATL for the Shenxing battery

Access to the event is by invitation only. The AUTOBEST Gala Awards 2024 will be broadcast live on AUTOBEST’s website (www.autobest.org), the “Autobest.org” Facebook Page, and the AUTOBEST YouTube channel.


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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