Hyundai Motor’s CRETA wins Indian Car of the Year 2016 (ICOTY)
• Hyundai Motor is the only manufacturer to win three consecutive ICOTY awards
• The most beloved carmaker in India achieves a milestone with 4 ICOTY awards
in 10 years
• The accomplishment truly expresses the global acceptance of the Hyundai brand
December 21, 2015 - Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter has won the most coveted Indian Car of the Year 2016 (ICOTY) award for the CRETA. As the most loved and trusted car manufacturer in India, Hyundai Motor India wins ICOTY award for three consecutive years: CRETA, Elite i20 and Grand i10 as ICOTY 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Hyundai Motor is opening a new age and under the modern premium brand direction, CRETA has redefined the SUV segment. CRETA has received over 74,000 bookings, 400,000 enquiries and 16,271 orders globally. With emphasis on safety, bold design, dynamic performance, class-leading features and strong body structure make the CRETA a perfect SUV.
The ICOTY award is adjudged by a diverse group of 14 jurors from prominent automotive publications in the country: Auto Today, AutoX, The Hindu Business Line, Car India, Evo India, Motoring World, Mens World, Overdrive, BBC TopGear India. In all nine very prestigious publications were represented on the ICOTY 2016 Jury with Bob Rupani being the Chairman of the Jury.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. YK Koo, MD and CEO of HMIL, said, “We are honored to win the most prestigious automotive award - the Indian car of the Year 2016 for our Hyundai Creta which is made in India and exported to different countries. The CRETA truly expresses a new age for Hyundai Motor, setting new benchmarks in the industry. Winning the ICOTY award for three times in a row symbolizes the trust and loyalty of our customers for the Hyundai brand. We thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen CRETA as the Indian Car of the Year and made Hyundai Motor the most loved and trusted car manufacturer. With innovation at its core, Hyundai Motor will make global quality products with cutting edge technologies and strengthen the Hyundai brand by caring for our customers in India and global markets.”
Congratulating the winning car CRETA, Mr. Bob Rupani, Founding Member of ICOTY and Chairman of the Jury, Indian Car of the Year 2016 said, “The ICOTY has clearly become the most credible and coveted auto award in India and is known for its fair and non-partisan voting by highly experienced jury members. I congratulate Hyundai Motor for winning this award for the third time in a row. Scoring a hat-trick at ICOTY is an admirable achievement and by no means, an easy feat. It shows that Hyundai Motor is consistently making award winning products of very high standards.”
The Hyundai CRETA launched in July is a trendsetter in the Indian market. CRETA heralded a new chapter in Hyundai Motor’s success story across the world by showcasing HMIL’s success of ‘Make in India’ manufacturing initiative. Designed with profound confidence, grandeur and highest levels of refinement, CRETA is the most loved car of the year
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. It currently has ten car models across segments – Eon, i10, Grand i10, Elite i20, Active i20, Xcent, Verna, CRETA, Elantra and Santa Fe. HMIL’s fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Chennai boasts advanced production, quality and testing capabilities.
HMIL forms a critical part of HMC’s global export hub. It currently exports to around 85 countries across Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific. HMIL has been India’s number one exporter for the last 10 years consecutively. To support its growth and expansion plans, HMIL currently has 433 dealers and more than 1,100 service points across India. In its commitment to provide customers with cutting-edge global technology, Hyundai has a modern multi-million dollar R&D facility in Hyderabad. The R&D center endeavors to be a center of excellence in automobile engineering.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.