• 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

VINFAST collaborates with AUTOBEST to organize the world’s first real-traffic range test for electric vehicles08 / 11 / 2021

VinFast – a global smart electric vehicle brand from Vietnam, today announces the partnership with AUTOBEST to organize the “ECOBEST Challenge 2021 – Electrified by VinFast” in Barcelona, Spain. This is the world’s first real traffic electric vehicle test, with the goal of making information about electric vehicle models more transparent, thus increasing public awareness of the advantages of switching to environmentally friendly green-powered vehicles.

“ECOBEST Challenge 2021 – Electrified by VinFast” is part of a strategic collaboration agreement inked in October between VinFast and AUTOBEST. This project will be held annually beginning in 2021 as a community activity of the business.

The prestigious AUTOBEST jury consists of renowned automotive journalists from 32 European countries. In addition, key international media members are invited to test drive the cars on various roads, motorways, and city environments in the Valles Occidental region of Spain to ensure that results are backed by the utmost transparency and reliability.

“ECOBEST Challenge 2021 – Electrified by VinFast” takes place from November 4th to 6th 2021, and will attract 15 electric cars from 13 different well-known manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, and others.

The 16 different electric vehicle models will have a minimum homologated range of 200 kilometers priced up to €32,000 before taxes. Testing occurs on diverse terrain and traffic conditions to ensure the most realistic test results. Specifically, in terms of terrain, the cars will be tested on a mixed route of 51 km with motorways, roads, and city environments. Traffic testing will be done by comparing weekday and weekend commutes. As for testing vehicle operations, every model will be driven until battery depletion, under normal conditions on roads and motorways, and in Eco mode while running in the city.

All test drivers are encouraged to behave normally with their real-life driving styles and try all the onboard technologies, such as air-conditioning, sound systems, navigation systems, and other connected technologies. Additionally, to avoid any driving style biases, drivers will switch cars every 25 kilometers.

With a prominent jury, tough criteria, and an objective evaluation process, this is a “golden” opportunity for participating automobile manufacturers to reassert their quality and commitments to consumers in the entire European market. The results will be announced in Frankfurt (Germany) at the end of November 2021.

“Electric vehicle range is one of the stoppers for many people when considering the purchase of electric cars. “The ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast” will deliver real information on the range a customer can expect from the car if they decide to buy it. The entire method comes down to an average based on the randomized “human factor” defined by AUTOBEST and based on the diversity of members coming from all around Europe,” says Dan Vardie, the Founder & Chairman of AUTOBEST.

VinFast, the smart electric vehicle brand emerging from Vietnam, says that this partnership with AUTOBEST represents a significant step towards its global plan of major involvement within the electric vehicle sector.

According to Bich Tran, CEO of VinFast Europe, “For VinFast, this collaboration with AUTOBEST is a fantastic opportunity to drive the global electric vehicle revolution. Although VinFast is not showcasing any cars in “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast,” this involvement conveys our desire to collaborate with other car manufactures to promote the transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles in Europe. We are delighted to collaborate with AUTOBEST to organize this first real-traffic test.”

In 2022, VinFast will launch two electric SUVs, the VF e35 and the VF e36, in Europe, starting with the German, French, and Dutch markets. Prior to the European launch, these two electric SUVs will be introduced in the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2021.

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About AUTOBEST

The AUTOBEST organisation was created in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of finding the ‘Best Buy Car’ available on the European market. 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.

AUTOBEST organizes the “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast” –  the first full electric cars real traffic range test, with the contribution of coches.net and of Circutor.

About VinFast

VinFast is a member of Vingroup – the leading private multi-industry group in Vietnam. Established in 2017, VinFast owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with globally leading scalability that boasts up to 90% automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam. The capacity reaches 250,000 cars/year and 500,000 electric scooters/year.

VinFast has announced its first three electric car models – VF e34, VF e35, and VF e36. These models are SUVs in the C, D, and E segments with outstanding advantages such as high-standard products, competitive prices, and excellent after-sales packages, while being smarter and safer than comparable ICE vehicles. In addition, VinFast has been one of the pioneers innovatively initiating the battery rental policy. This policy reduces consumer risks and operation and maintenance expenses while ensuring that the battery cost is similar to the monthly price of gasoline for ICE vehicles with similar capacities. With its Customer-First philosophy, VinFast provides a market-leading 10-year-warranty policy and is always committed to bringing the highest value to its customers.

VinFast continues to actively contribute to the creation of Vietnam’s sustainable future through its product ecosystem of electric cars, e-scooters, and smart and environmentally friendly e-buses. With the vision of becoming a smart electric vehicle company that drives the movement of the global smart electric vehicle revolution, as of July 2021, VinFast expanded to the North American and European markets. Two of VinFast’s smart electric car models – VF e35 and VF e36, are expected to launch in global markets in early 2022. Find out more at: https://VinFastauto.com/vn_en

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