• 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
  • 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: 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 independent AUTOBEST Jury grows to European size14 / 09 / 2015

  • Starting today, no less than 26 countries will be represented in AUTOBEST.
  • AUTOBEST is becoming the European Independent Motoring Journalists Jury with the largest footprint in Europe.

AUTOBEST is growing from 15 to 26 represented countries. This is a new stage under the “Next Level Approach” strategy inaugurated a year ago. The new 11 members of the Jury are all outstanding motoring writers, respected voices in their countries, car experts and trendsetters able to completely assess future trends. They are coming from Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK. AUTOBEST is keeping the same philosophy of only one journalist representing a country. No less than 91 % of the European population is represented by the Jury.

“We are in front of a historical moment in our evolution. We are now extending the “Best Buy Car of Europe” concept to the continental size. This is the evolution everybody expected from us. It is an ongoing process. We will continue the expansion with new countries but also with the evolution of rules and awards. We keep our focus on our mission and vision, learning and assessing the new automotive trends and the customer needs we are facing now and in the future.” Dan Vardie, Founder and Chairman stated.

The enlarged Jury will start working immediately as of today, by voting all the awards. For this year, the major change in Jury rules is referring to the minimum price for a completely new model to be eligible. Starting today, the new entry limit for a standard price new model is changing from 17.000 Euro (tax included) to 20.000 Euro (price without any kind of tax included) – valid for next “AUTOBEST” award. This will allow a larger number of eligible cars from new models addressed to the customers of Europe.

The AUTOBEST organization was created in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of “best buy car” available on the European markets. To become an AUTOBEST winner, a car must be the best offer for most of the European customers. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design and new high-tech gadgets are coming in line as important criterias for voting. AUTOBEST is using a transparent voting system, with a complex matrix of 13 criteria in deciding the winner.

The AUTOBEST Jury is also paying attention to the efforts the automotive industry is making. Investments, new automotive job opportunities for the people, spending funds for green cars and technologies, the support for different regions of Europe are carefully checked and appreciated by the Jury. New technologies on board and connectivity is also under the scrutiny of the Jury. All in all, 8 awards are dedicated to the mentioned achievements: MANBEST, COMPANYBEST, ECOBEST, DESIGNBEST, TECHNOBEST, SAFETYBEST, SMARTBEST and SPORTBEST.

When we introduced the `ECOBEST` award 14 years ago, many people told us that nobody really cares about eco issues! Today, our award is eagerly awaited and the most respected one in the field. MANBEST and DESIGNBEST are real Hall of Fames for the best top executives and designers we have in the industry today. SMARTBEST, introduced three years ago, was the first European prize assessing the smart connectivity, infotainment on board. All these awards introduced firstly by the AUTOBEST Jury became the European accolades. And the journey is continuing…” Ilia Seliktar, AUTOBEST Jury President said.

The AUTOBEST Jury introduced the best organized comparative test for the cars in the final selection. Organized at NAVAK Center near Belgrade, Serbia, the test performed on public roads and on track is the most comprehensive drive session organized by an independent motoring Jury.

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