ccoty 2014-2

Στο περιθώριο της έκθεσης της Guangzhou ανακοινώθηκαν οι νικητές των βραβείων αυτοκινήτου της χρονιάς για το 2014 στη Κίνα.

Το βραβείο China Car of the Year το πήρε τη Mercedes-Benz S-Class, με την Porsche 918 Spyder να αποσπά το βραβείο China Performance Car of the Year. Η Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid απέσπασε το βραβείο China Green Car of the Year, ενώ το Citroen DS5 το βραβείο China Design Car of the Year.

Car of the Year 2014

Design Car of the Year 2014

Green Car of the Year 2014

Performance Car of the Year 2014

[Πηγή: Mercedes-Benz]

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MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS DECLARED 2014 CHINA CAR OF THE YEAR

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class chosen as the first ever China Car of the Year by the Chief Editors’ Club, comprised of editors from China’s top automotive publications.
  • Two Porsche models received awards: the 918 Spyder, for Performance, and the Panamera E-Hybrid, named Green Car of the Year.
  • The China Car of the Year Design Award went to the Chang’an PSA DS5.
  • The China Car Awards were presented today at an awards ceremony during the Guangzhou Auto Show, which is hosted by PRIME Research and Automobil Produktion.

At an award ceremony during the Guangzhou Auto Show, hosted by PRIME Research and Automobil Produktion, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was declared the 2014 China Car of the Year. The prize was received by President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz China Mr. Nicholas Speeks, who stated that “the decision reaffirms the model’s stature and position in China, its top market worldwide.” The S-Class is the first model to win the prestigious China Car of the Year title. There was a long list of hopefuls, with 53 candidates eligible for the honour of being the 2014 China Car of the Year. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was chosen from the initial entry list, the shortlist of seven, and the three finalists: the Land Rover Range Rover, the Chang’an Ford Mondeo, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The China Car Award jurors observed that “there’s no other car like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class: it’s not only setting the benchmark for the industry, but it also embodies the peak of modern cars in this era.”

The Porsche 918 Spyder is the first model to win the China Performance Car of the Year title. The prize was received by Director of Technics 918 Spyder Mr. Michael Höscher, who stated that he is “glad to bring this award from China back to his 918 development team in Germany, as without them we wouldn’t have won the China Performance Car of the Year Award.” The jurors observed that “its outstanding performance is undoubtedly unmatched in the automotive industry. The philosophy of applying e-hybrid technology to a racing car is the real essence of this car.”

The second Porsche model to win an award was the Panamera E-Hybrid, which is the first model to win the prestigious China Green Car of the Year title. The prize was received by Chief Operating Officer of Porsche China Mr. Michael Kirsch, who stated that “it makes us humble that Porsche has won two awards tonight. I’m surprised a luxury sports car can win a green car award. That means our effort in developing green technology has paid off.” The jurors added that “while e-hybrid technology is not new, the Panamera E-Hybrid embodies maximum performance and efficiency.”

The Chang’an PSA DS5 won the China Car of the Year Design Award. The prize was received by PR Director of Chang’an PSA Mrs. Li Minxue, who stated that “with a genuine design originating from Paris, the brand new DS5 has surprised the audience by winning the China Design Car of the Year Award, parallel to models from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.” The jurors emphasized the reason for their decision, saying that by “breaking the rules of a conventional design with its unique style, the Chang’an PSA DS5 delivers the most exquisite shape of its class.”

To be eligible for the China Car of the Year awards, the candidates must become available for sale in China during the period beginning October 1, 2012 and ending September 30, 2013.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by a juror panel comprised of ten (10) automotive editors-in-chief from ten (10) different Chinese car magazines. Each juror was appointed by the C-Club on the basis of their expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions.

About the China Car AwardsThe most important and competing car magazines in China made the historical decision to create the first truly independent car awards in China. The China Car of the Year Award (CCOTY) is a program initiated by ten (10) automotive editors-in-chief who write for the ten (10) most favoured car magazines in China. The awards were inaugurated in November 2013 to recognize and reward automotive excellence in China. They are intended to complement, not compete with those existing international, national and regional COTY awards, which are inherently different in scope. By its nature, China Car of the Year only includes vehicles that are available in China. In its premier year, the annual China Car awards are confident of becoming China’s most prestigious, credible and significant program of their kind.

The awards are administered by the global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy PRIME Research, under the guidance of a non-profit association, a steering committee of distinguished automotive editors-in-chief from China – the C-Club. In that way, they draw on the experience and expertise already developed by various other award programs throughout the world. The 20-year history of PRIME Research ensures highest methodological standards and credibility. CCOTY has no affiliation with, nor is it in any way influenced by, any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise. We are dedicated to ensuring the utmost objectivity, credibility, and integrity.

About the C-CLUB

The Chief Editors’ Club (C-Club) is a union of the top automotive journalists in China. The club currently comprises 10 automotive editors-in-chief, who stand for highest expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. The C-Club is not only the foundation of the China Car of the Year award, but also a community of automotive experts.

Liu Hongcang

Executive Editor-in-Chief China Auto Pictorial

Miao Jun

Editorial Director CAR AND DRIVER

Xia Dong

Executive Editor-in-Chief Auto Motor und Sport

Gao Hua

Executive Editor-in-Chief AutoFan

Jin Jun

Executive Editor-in-Chief MotorTrend

Cui Jun

Editor-in-Chief Car Owners

Song Haitao

Publishing Manager & Deputy Editor-in-Chief Auto World

Li Geng

Editor-in-Chief Orient auto

Liu Yu

Deputy Publisher & Editor-in-Chief TopDriver

Wu Pei

Executive Editor-in-Chief Auto Magazine

About PRIME RESEARCH

PRIME Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy, has joined forces with the China Car Awards to provide strategic consultancy in the fields of automotive assessment criteria and automotive awards. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and analyses of over 100 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard in automotive media research. PRIME Research is also the partner of the C-Club, a union of the most important Chinese automotive editors-in-chief, who elect the China Car of the Year.

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