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Old 30th December 2006, 14:42   #1
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Aveo U-VA awarded BS Motoring Car of 2007 !

BS Motoring Reporter / Mumbai December 30, 2006

General Motors India’s new hatchback, the Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, is the Business Standard Motoring Car Of The Year 2007.

The U-VA beat formidable competition from the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Verna petrol and diesel, the Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 and 1.6, the Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia to win the top honours.

The U-VA won the award for being a well-built spacious hatchback that offers surprisingly peppy performance from its 1150cc motor, which is fuel efficient too. For its size, it rides and handles well and comes with a comprehensive list of safety and comfort features. The clincher, of course, was its persuasive price-tag.

The Business Standard Motoring rating system is designed to reward cars that are affordable and fuel efficient, keeping the larger mass of Indian buyers in mind. Only all-new cars that were launched in calendar year 2006 were eligible for the 2007 awards.

The U-VA joins previous winners like the Maruti Suzuki Swift (2006), Hyundai Getz (2005), Honda City (2004), Mahindra Scorpio (2003), and Fiat Palio (2002).

Other 2007 winners of the oldest automotive awards in the country have also been announced. The 150cc Hero Honda CBZ X-Treme trounced the new 125cc competition like the Honda Shine, Suzuki Zeus, and the Yamaha Gladiator to win the Business Standard Motoring Bike Of The Year 2007 Award.

The CBZ X-Treme won points across the board, and its strengths in engine performance, handling and riding pleasure helped it beat the rest of the competitors.

Fending off the likes of Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Honda CR-V, the superbly accomplished Toyota Camry has gone on to win the Business Standard Motoring Import Car Of The Year 2007 Award.

The Honda Civic won the Business Standard Motoring Jury Award 2007 for becoming the new benchmark in its segment. The radical Civic is brilliant in all aspects and may have even become the Car Of The Year, if not for its price-tag.

The Business Standard Motoring Performance Car Of The Year 2007 Award went to a car that runs on diesel but keeps up and sometimes even beats quick and fast petrol machines — the Hyundai Verna 1.5 CRDi.

The Italy-designed Kinetic Blaze, which has unleashed a maxi-scooter craze in the country, is the Business Standard Motoring Scooter Of The Year 2007.

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The U-VA won the award for being a well-built spacious hatchback that offers surprisingly peppy performance from its 1150cc motor, which is fuel efficient too. For its size, it rides and handles well and comes with a comprehensive list of safety and comfort features. The clincher, of course, was its persuasive price-tag.
Man, and I thought AD-vertorials were subtle and never let the actual reader know of the bias. This is taking things to a different level!
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Heck the UV A is just launched . How can you award it? I havent even seen any on road
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U-VA has not even been tested by them or released on sale
They kind of stated short of saying the Civic was the winner but we wanted the dosh

I thought BS-M were genuine car guys - what a waste in donating 10+ years of CAR UK mags - lost on them.
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But I've not seen a single U-VA on roads here. Shouldnt awards be given AFTER some meaningful road presence? Or is that these COTY are mostly given to any new launches under the 5 lac category?
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Dont these guys have any shame? This is like screaming "GM GAVE US MONEY! GM GAVE US MONEY!!!" on their cover!

And how can one announce a COTY for 2007 when there are quite a few cars to be released yet?

Maan these guys are incredible! This thread should be moved to the jokes section.
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BS Motoring is hillarious. This isn't gonna do any good for their reputation.
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The Business Standard Motoring rating system is designed to reward cars that are affordable and fuel efficient, keeping the larger mass of Indian buyers in mind. Only all-new cars that were launched in calendar year 2006 were eligible for the 2007 awards.
This is really funny. If at all the criteria were affordability and fuel efficiency, keeping the larger mass of indian buyers in mind, why didnt they consider the new Zen Estilo?? May be the BS guys should have added one more criterion to the selection - "the car must have been launched two weeks before and nobody should have spotted even one car of this make and model on the road !!!!"
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May be the BS guys should have added one more criterion to the selection -
Or "Show me the money"
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Check this

BSM Awards - BSM Car Of The Year 2007 - Business Standard Motoring

To quote from the article:

"It was touch-and-go for the little Chevy if it hadn't been launched barely a week back, it would never have made it to the list of contenders for 2007. That's right only all-new cars that have been launched within the 2006 calendar year automatically qualify to be in the running for the 2007 awards."
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They've now justified their 'BS' tag.

I expect they'll justify their award by saying this is a '2007' award and that the U-VA/Kalos have been driven elsewhere.

OT: How about setting up a Team-BHP Car of the year poll? I'd say the results of such a poll will tell a totally different story.
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What can I say?
These guys have gotta be biased. Two cars that I feel should have really won this title are the astonishing Honda Civic and the highly underrated Mitsubishi Cedia. I've not even seen a Aveo U-VA.
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We see this type of lack-lusture journalism, pay-2-print tactics by journalists/Manufacturing companies want o get some cheap-publicity. But in longer term it is not benefecial for either for magazine or manufacturer.

Their credibility takes a hit with such reviews/awards -- it hurts them in long term. But who cares -- boss likes result producing subordinate(even though way to obtain this result at whatever cost to credibility of organization).

IMHO off the topic, I/many have lost interest on film-fare-awards/Doctorates(with out any real-studied-Phd) in India -- as these can be obtained from infinite-sources(companies, tv-broadcasters, paper-agencies, payments, manipulate-judges, recommendatins,etc).
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Easy guys. The article tells that a jury tested the following cars (criteria: newly launched in 2006)
  • Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia
  • Chevrolet Aveo
  • Hyundai Verna 1.6 and 1.5 CRDi
  • Honda Civic
  • Chevrolet Aveo U-VA
and Aveo-UA got more points and hence it is the winner. It also say Civic scored heavily but lost out on price.
Quotes from article:
"(Civic's) Rs 11.29 lakh ex-showroom is way too off the price paid by the average Indian car buyer".
"The secret is that the U-VA did consistently well in all the parameters without emerging too strong in any single one."

Lets wait and see how the car performs on road and how the Indian car buyers receive it.

PS:Previous Winners

2006: Maruti Suzuki Swift
2005: Hyundai Getz
2004: Honda City
2003: Mahindra Scorpio
2002: Fiat Palio

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Too bad Mahindra-Renault didn't realise what needs to be done to get this BS COTY or they could have easily had the Logan win the award!
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