Mid-week blues were put to rest with the champagne brunch at the coveted NDTV Car and Bike Awards 2018, presented by HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company and powered by Mobil coming to an end.
India’s most credible automobile awards saw the coming together of leaders and trendsetters of the automobile industry celebrating the best of the best from the sector at the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon.
Jeep Compass and Bajaj Dominar were awarded the NDTV Car of the Year and NDTV Two Wheeler of the Year Award respectively.
The 13th Edition of the Awards also honoured products that were launched over the past year, across both car and bike segments and also recognised industry leaders, advertisers, marketers and PR professionals from the industry. Also included in the program was a panel discussion on Digital Marketing and Consumer Engagement.
The product awards boasted a panel of eminent jury members including Dr V Sumantran, Senior Industry Consultant, Aditya Patel, Racer; BVR Subbu, Marketing Professional and Automobile Industry Veteran; Gul Panag, Auto Enthusiast and Biker; Rayomand Banajee, Racer & Mentor; Jens Meiners, Motoring journalist and Vice Chair, World Car Awards; Aishwarya Pissay, Racer; Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-in-Chief: Auto, NDTV Network; Preetam Bora, Editor-Bikes, NDTV CarandBike; and Cyrus Behram Dhabhar, Assistant Editor Auto, NDTV.
The Mobil CNB Viewers’ Choice Awards for both Cars and Bikes, like every year, provided NDTV viewers with not only an exciting opportunity to vote for their favourite car and bike nominees, but also stand a chance to take the year’s hottest wheels home. Renault Capture and Bajaj Dominar were announced as the Mobil CNB Viewer’s Choice Car and Two Wheeler respectively.
Speaking at the 13th edition of the awards, Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, NDTV Group’s Editor-in-Chief:Auto & Director, World Car Awards said, “Every year we aspire to make this process more transparent and even more credible. And look at how best to celebrate and recognise the hard work the auto industry puts in. Am extremely proud of our process and the juries we had, so I am confident that the best have won, whilst staying extremely relevant.”
The jury for the Marketing and Communications awards categories included Kushan Mitra, Managing Editor, The Pioneer; Mukesh Kumar, Executive Director of HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd.; Prahlad Kakar, Founder and Director – Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd and Co-Founder – Reefwatch Marine Conservation; Prasanjeet Dutta Baruah, Head of Automotive, Telecom and New Business for India and South Asia at Facebook; Prema Sagar, Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller, Asia Pacific & Principal/Founder, Genesis Burson-Marsteller and Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor-in-Chief-Auto & Head of Automobile Programming, NDTV Group.