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MotorBeam Awards 2013 Winners

The year 2013 hasn’t really been the year for automobile companies, at least not for all of them. While sales dwindled and customers shied away from new purchases, there were some fantastic products which were launched and in spite of the slowdown, a few manufacturers simply couldn’t keep up with demand for their vehicles. Obviously a good product can make people consume and that’s why the MotorBeam Team faced a tough challenge in deciding the winners of the respective categories for the MotorBeam Awards 2013. After thorough analysis, we are here to announce the top honours.

Honda Amaze HandlingReaders’ choice car of the year – The Honda Amaze managed to whisk past the Ford EcoSport, garnering the highest number of votes and winning by a small margin. The Amaze is the first diesel Honda in India and offers generous space and terrific mileage in a compact sub 4-metre package, making it such a practical alternative in our country. Being a Honda, it inadvertently also ticks the reliability, quality and resale value boxes. No wonder the Amaze has become Honda’s best selling vehicle in India in no time at all.


Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 ReviewMotorBeam car of the year – Hatchbacks are supposed to be small and cheap, devoid of equipment and priced as low as possible. Such is what most people think about these small cars. Hyundai has changed the very game in the hatchback space with the launch of its Grand i10, a car which is really grand in most parameters, be it space, mileage or features. The Grand i10 offers many segment first features while also being the most spacious vehicle in its class. It also gets a frugal diesel engine.


Skoda Octavia Performance ReviewPremium car of the year – This award was not easy for us to decide as the nominations were plenty but the Skoda Octavia literally swept away the honours. The new Octavia is a very well engineered product the world over and comes with terrific quality and an excellent cabin. It gets a choice of engines along with a fire-breathing 1.8 TSI for those who crave for fun behind the wheel. The overall package is so good that the Octavia is without doubt the pick of its segment.


2014 Bentley Flying Spur Road TestImport car of the year – The Flying Spur is the fastest 4-door car in the world but that’s not the only thing which helped it win the MotorBeam import car of the year. With all that speed, it still offers terrific luxury and plays its dual roles very well. The balance between comfort and handling is simply stupendous. The Flying Spur can cruise all day long at high speeds while encompassing occupants in total grandiosity.


Ford EcoSport Diesel ReviewSUV of the year – SUVs are quite easily the most popular body style in India. The Ford EcoSport is the most affordable modern SUV in the country. While it won’t capture off-road trails, it does offer practicality in the urban jungle. High ground clearance and water wading ability, loads of equipment, frugal engines (not to forget the awesome EcoBoost motor) and aggressive pricing make the EcoSport the SUV of the year. Little wonder then why this Ford has a 9 month waiting period.


2014 Range Rover Sport Road Test ReviewPremium SUV of the year – An SUV which captures every off-road trail with such ease that it’s totally not believable while at the same time you can find yourself pushing it around corners and doing track days. That’s not all, it pampers you with a level of comfort that is mostly seen in luxury saloons. Yes, it’s the Range Rover Sport and it stays true to its name of being a Range Rover with sportiness in abundance. It’s also the best Land Rover we have ever witnessed which sums up how good it is.


2013 Mercedes A-Class Road TestCar manufacturer of the year – Mercedes-Benz is undoubtedly the car manufacturer of 2013. The German automaker has launched a slew of products and services this year, showing its commitment to the Indian market. The G63 AMG, new GL-Class (also locally assembled now), A-Class, B-Class diesel, locally assembled ML250, new E-Class, new E63 AMG and SLK55 AMG were all launched this year. Furthermore “Performance Drive” and Centre of Excellence were also announced.


KTM Duke 390 Road Test ReviewReaders’ choice motorcycle of the year – 373cc, 43 HP, 35 Nm, ABS, Metzeler tyres, trellis frame et all at just Rs. 2.14 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). 0-100 km/hr takes just 5.6 seconds while 0-130 km/hr comes up in a shade under 11 seconds, top speed is 170 km/hr. Little doubt than why the Duke 390 emerged as the clear winner in this category. It’s not only a rocket in a straight-line but very well balanced in the corners with excellent brakes to boot.


Royal Enfield Continental GT ReviewMotorcycle of the year – We all have pre-conceived notions about Royal Enfields but the Continental GT will change that. While it’s not a very quick bike, it’s surprisingly sure-footed around corners and can make you have fun without getting intimated. An all new platform with only the engine not being all new shows the effort by the company in developing this cafe racer. Not to forget, the styling is drop dead gorgeous and there is top drawer hardware with Pirelli tyres, Paioli shocks and Brembo brakes.


TVS Jupiter HandlingScooter of the year – The TVS Jupiter is no doubt the best 110cc scooter in the Indian market and the company has done a very good job in developing it. The Jupiter offers very good dynamics and is loaded with features. It also looks modern and rides well. While it retains the engine from the Wego, TVS has modified the 110cc powertrain to offer smoother performance and the Jupiter delivers. It thus outclasses the market leader making it look a clear generation old.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R India Road-TestPremium motorcycle of the year – Kawasaki has been on a roll in 2013. It has launched 5 new products in the Indian market and the ZX-10R is easily a bike you will fall in love with on first ride. The performance is ballistic but that’s expected from a 1000cc in-line four powered motorcycle. What isn’t expected though is the ease with which anyone can take to this motorcycle. The compact dimensions and fantastic ride quality makes the ZX-10R one of the easiest superbikes to live with.


Hero Updated Lineup FrontBike Manufacturer of the year - Hero has come out all guns blazing in 2013. Not only did the company acquire a significant stake in EBR, it also tied up with Magneti Marelli and made significant progress on its R&D efforts. Hero launched bikes in the US, Central America and South Africa while also firing three of its own engines. The company showcased 15 updated bikes and announced its plans to launch 50 new products in the next three years. The automaker also introduced 5-year warranty on its bikes.

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  • Sushrut December 29, 2013, 8:20 am

    Handing over Motorcycle of the Year award to RE CGT is surprising for me as well, considering its an exact replica of Triumph Triton which in itself shows lack of genuineness and zero innovation. It also reflects blatant violation of perhaps unwritten regulations of copying a design and its shameful on the part of RE.
    The engine used is old and RE has neither outshone anyone in that department. So giving an award just because it tickles you nostalgic nerves is immature. I really don’t think its worthy of it.

    • Faisal Khan December 29, 2013, 11:47 am

      We have a criteria that no product can win two awards so since the Duke 390 swept away the readers choice, it was not considered for the bike of the year. This enables us to recognise more products and encourage manufacturers to come out with better products.

      Besides, ride a CGT, it’s a genuinely an impressive bike. The market determines the success of a product and the CGT is going to be a blockbuster. It’s not a copy of Triumph, it’s a copy of the original CGT 250 from the 1969s. I have spoken to the person who developed the original model and quite understand the vision. The chassis is fab, only thing which needs drastic improvement is the engine.

  • sunil pakalapati December 29, 2013, 10:20 am

    Its unfair to award Bike of the year to GT just because Duke 390 got viewers choice award.

    • Faisal Khan December 29, 2013, 11:49 am

      I own a 390 too and I have extensively ridden both bikes. They are very different machines and for an entirely different set of buyers.

      Just because the CGT does not suit the requirements of some, does not make it an average bike. I suggest you ride one.

      • Mac December 29, 2013, 4:07 pm

        “Just because the CGT does not suit the requirements of some, does not make it an average bike.” – and vice versa :P, he he he. I am also not agree over most of the above awards but IMO now a days readers should be smart enough to identify genuine awards and paid awards, and should not waste their time in arguing up with the writers / webmasters.

        • Faisal Khan December 29, 2013, 4:10 pm

          Mac, have you ridden the CGT? Paid awards? That doesn’t happen here, if it did, I would not have criticised RE for having so much vibes, read our review.

  • Hari December 29, 2013, 5:36 pm

    hi Faisal,
    I am very much interested in CGT’s fit and finish. i took test ride and its a perfect match for my likes. I didnt use an enfield product before. So can u tell me whether Enfiled’s UCE has reported any mechanical issues after long term use(like oil leaks,knocking etc?) on other models as it share the bored version of same on CGT.

    • Faisal Khan December 30, 2013, 2:46 am

      New Enfields are very reliable so don’t worry about oil leaks and stuff. If you like the bike, go for it.

      • Hari December 30, 2013, 12:02 pm

        thnks…I found my new beast…..:)

  • sandy December 29, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Amaze, EcoSports and Gi10 really makes a lot of polarity within their fan base. Non of them seems complete, but they are unique to their segments. So MotorBeam COTY being Gi10 is a kind of mix reaction but acceptable. After all even the road speaks the same.
    And BOTY being Enfield CGT could be due to its spot on ride and handling balance. But where is Discovery?

  • Naveen December 31, 2013, 8:31 am

    Being No.1 in india, Hero does deserves ‘Bike Manufacturer of the year’ award. They haven’t launched any major products in ’13. However they manages to do some refreshes to boost up sales. My point is, it has to be given to Mahindra. They have done a good job with centuro launch, it may not be a revolution in industry, but centuro is a trend setter with some good features, still now some decent numbers going on every month…

  • Ben January 2, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Actually Duke 390 should be given the award. Though the bike has lesser weight, huge single cylinder engine, with 100% Bajaj’s localization (King of localization with cheapest parts), poor wind shields ,it produces jaw dropping performance with ABS.


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