CNBC-TV18 revs into third edition of Autocar awards

MUMBAI: Two new categories have been added to the CNBC-Autocar Auto Awards, instituted to honor achievements in the Indian automotive industry.

SUV of the Year and Bike of the Year are the new additions to the awards which have entered their third year. The Auto ancillary industry will be recognized for its contribution in establishing India on the global automotive map at the awards ceremony which will be held on 14 January at the Taj Palace in Delhi.

Ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram, percussion specialist Louis Banks, Taufiq Quereshi and ace choreographer, dancer and singer Shiamak Davar will add to the spirit of the evening. The jury for the awards comprises Hormazd Sorabjee, editor- Autocar India; Farhad Bathena, National rally champion and ace test driver; Manvendra Singh, historian of automobiles; Shapur Kotwal, associate editor, Autocar India; Naren Kumar, reigning national rally champion; Dilip Chhabria, India's eminent car designer and Renuka Kirpalani, rally circuit driver and host on CNBC's Auto Show.

The CNBC-Autocar Auto Awards will be ratified and validated by Ernst & Young.

Nominees for CNBC Autocar Auto Awards 2003 include Honda City, Honda CRV, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Forester, Hyundai Terracan, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford Endeavour and Honda CVT.

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