The Coronavirus pandemic affected the entire automotive industry pretty hard back in 2020. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse during the second wave in 2021. But still, the automakers in India weren’t deterred by these setbacks. For our second year of the BBC TopGear Magazine Awards, the entire team had a tough time nominating each vehicle in our categories and an even tougher time selecting a winner. But nevertheless, let us not bore you with the minor details and just get straight on with what you are all here to know!
Engine of the Year
One can easily assume that we are just going to focus on that mighty V8s, V10s, or the V12s. But, in reality. Our choices are the workhorse that propels the masses while proving the perfect balance between performance and fuel efficiency. Our choice of the lot was the 1-litre 3-cylinder K10c engine in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio.
Innovative feature of the Year
In an evolving world such as ours, new technologies are added to modern vehicles constantly. But out of all the tech that we find in modern-day vehicles, the active cylinder technology found in Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine is what caught our attention.
Two-Wheeler of the Year (up to 130cc)
This is the bread and butter of the majority of the Indian consumers, and brands primarily focus on offering only commuter motorcycles in this segment and don’t bike makers don’t try and think out of the box here. But still, the Bajaj Pulsar NS125 won our hearts by offing a unique experience in the 130cc segment.
Premium Cruiser of the Year
Who doesn’t like to head out on the open road while straddling these high-performance cruisers, because we certainly would love to do just that! And as our travel partner, we couldn’t think of anything else apart from the Indian Chief Dark Horse.
ADV of the Year (up to 500cc)
This segment is usually for motorcycles designed to explore the off-beat path just as much as they would love to zoom off on the open highways and, in essence, offer the best of both worlds. The ADV that really impressed us was the BMW Motorrad G 310 GS.
Compact Mini-SUV of the Year
This segment shows that SUVs don’t have to just be rugged and tough to sell but can also be a lot more practical and approachable, and the vehicles competing in this segment showcase just that. But what stood out among the competition was the Renault Kiger.
Mid-Size SUV of the Year
This is currently the hottest segment in India, where all the manufacturers are trying to claim this crown! The competition here is so cutthroat that the team and we had a tough time deciding which vehicle deserves this title. Nevertheless, we brainstormed for hours and came to a result which was the Volkswagen Taigun.