The Zee Auto Awards 2022, to honor the best launches of the Indian automotive industry, concluded on a grand note. With an aim to become bigger and better, the Zee Auto Awards felicitated the products of the automotive industry based on the final opinion of the jury and the audience. The event was attended by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who highlighted the roadmap for bringing alternative fuels to India. Here’s a look at the categories, nominations and winners:
Design of the Year (Two Wheeler)
What are the important factors of a design? Well, many experts consider ergonomics, aerodynamics, practicality and handling at the top of the list. So, the bike should be something that ticks all these boxes.
The nominations on the list include KTM RC 390, BMW C 400 GT, Suzuki Katana and Triumph Trident 660.
The winner of the category is the Suzuki Katana, which has the coolest designs that justify its name with a sharp look. Apart from this, the rider gets comfortable riding position and easy handling for the bike.
premium motorcycle of the year
Premium motorcycles are some of the most attention-grabbing machines. The bikes are enriched with performance, features, design and every other aspect that comes to mind. However, something that grabs attention is their ability to offer a mix of performance and features. Well, many new motorcycles have been introduced in the Indian market, which have also managed to woo the crowd. This category respects the bike that offers best in all categories.
Nominations in this category are Ducati Multistrada V2, Honda Africa Twin, Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki Katana and Triumph Tiger Sport 660.
Honda Africa Twin gets the title of Premium Motorcycle of the Year due to its off-road capabilities, power factor, design and measurements that bring out a personality backed by features.
motorcycle of the year
According to data from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, passenger vehicles account for the highest share of total vehicle sales in India, with two-wheelers accounting for a major portion of that total. Looking at this, we can conclude that motorcycles are a popular vehicle segment in India. Hence, the category picks up the best options available in India.
The list of contenders has been selected based on their pricing and what they have on offer. Hence, the top models that check these boxes are – KTM RC390, Bajaj Pulsar N250, Honda CB300F, Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and TVS Ronin.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 takes the prize of being the most affordable, compact, power-packed and feature packed motorcycle at a good price. The bike comes with a 349-cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine producing 20.4 PS of power and a maximum torque of 27 Nm.
luxury car of the year
Cars that get the most attention on the road also top the list of dream cars for many. The cars in discussion here are known as luxury cars. They justify the terminology with their opulent interiors and the best engineering sophistication from the manufacturers. In this range, we have all the cars which can also be the most wanted cars currently in the Indian market.
The nominees in the ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ category are Audi A8L, Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz C Class and Mercedes-Maybach S Class.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the best, with its grandest interiors and a design screaming the precision of German engineering. For these reasons, the model is also popular among celebrities and many famous world leaders.
SUV of the Year
SUVs are body types whose popularity graph is increasing day by day in the Indian market. Hence, in order to compete for the biggest piece of the pie, OEMs have chosen a path to develop their models in the Indian market. Thus, there are many good options to choose from.
Amongst many good options, we have picked the best ones in the form of Hyundai Venue, Jeep Meridian, Mahindra Scorpio-N, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.
The SUV of the year is undoubtedly the Mahindra Scorpio-N. The new model from India’s largest UV manufacturers offers the best of both worlds off-roading capabilities and plush interiors with a relatively affordable price tag.
luxury electric car of the year
Apart from affordable options, the luxury car segment is something that offers advanced EVs in terms of technology, features, performance and range on a single charge. This year saw the debut of some of the best models in the category. Something that just shows us what the cars will look like five years down the line.
The category nominations include models from the best luxury car makers such as BMW i4, Mercedes-AMG EQS, Mini Cooper SE, Porsche Taycan 4S and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
The BMW i4 comes out on top of the category as the winner. The luxury electric car is a perfect blend of technology and futuristic aesthetics. As a cherry on the top, the car powered by an 83.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives a range of 590 km on the WLTP cycle, which is the highest any vehicle has to offer.
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