Any new car launched and homologated in India in the 12 months prior to December 31, 2006, is considered a contender for the 2006 'Car of the Year' award.
The motorcycle market has been growing very strongly and with new entrants like Suzuki in the fray, things have become a lot more competitive. The 2006 Bike of the Year award promises to be a very cut-throat contest.


Car of the Year - Viewers' Choice
The car that gets the maximum number of votes from the viewers of CNBC-TV 18 drives away with this award!

Best Value for Money Car
This award will evaluate and reward the car that gives you the maximum for your money and the results are aimed at informing the consumer of the best deals on wheels.
Most Technologically Advanced Car
This award recognizes marked hi-tech advances on the Indian autobahn. One of the chief objectives of this award is to inform the Indian consumer about which companies are bringing the latest technology to the market.
Best Design and Styling
Looks and styling play a critical role in a purchasing decision. So this award will go to the prettiest car to hit the roads in 2006.
Manufacturer of The Year
The company that has performed best in terms of products, sales, market share and profitability.
Component Manufacturer of the Year
The final build and performance of the car is determined by the quality of components that go into it. This award goes to the company that has made a mark both in the domestic and international markets with its superior technology and products.
Best Variant of the Year
The award for the car whose sales have substantially increased and shown competition-beating improvement in product quality
Best Driver's Car
The driving experience is an important consideration and this category looks at the car which is the most enjoyable to drive.
Storyboard Auto commercial of the year
Who else can decide better then the one who captures every pulse of the advertising & marketing world? 'Storyboard best auto commercial' of the year - A new category created this year to honor the finest in automobile commercials.
Best City to Drive in
For the first time, a special nationwide poll initiative to find out India's No.1 city in terms of DRIVING EXPERIENCE. The survey covered major cities of the country and a representative respondent group comprising four & two wheeler owners/drivers across different types of car ownership and demographics.
The survey captured driving experience in terms of various attributes such as driving safety,road Infrastructure,air quality/ driving Environs,traffic Situation,road etiquette amongst others.
Most Preferred CEO`s Car
A poll amongst the corporate elite of India, on which car brand epitomises luxury and their most preferred choice for a purchase.
Import Car of the year
The best imported vehicle. This category includes all the vehicles that are not manufactured in India.
    Honda-Civic : 1.8
  Few cars have generated the excitement the new Civic has. It is visually arresting, with bewitching and modern interiors. The Civic looks like it’s from another generation — that’s because it truly is. The car’s stunning
design, impeccable interiors, quality build and handling prowess put it in a different class altogether. But is it enough to win the crown?
    Mercedes-New S : 350
  The new S-class is a league ahead of the model it replaces. This is easily the best luxury car you can buy; now that it's being assembled in India, it's easy on the wallet too. The new S does everything better than the old car, automatically making it the best car in the world - with BMw, Audi and Jaguar already despatched by the old S-class. It's everything you could desire in a luxury car.
    Mitsubishi-New Lancer : Cedia
  The stiff bodyshell, robust mechanicals and smooth suspension make it ideal for our roads and you get the feeling that this car is truly built to last. The two-litre motor is quite flexible and equally happy in town and on the highway. The Cedia is not wildly fun to drive on a winding road, but you can extract a great deal of driving pleasure from it. The superb fuel efficiency is a bonus. A good all-rounder.
    Toyota-New Camry : 2.4
  EASILy the most outlandish design to have emerged from Toyota in recent years, the new Camry is as radical as they come. The falconeye headlights, the badge bulge or 'comet' and the matching high-mounted taillights are details brilliantly set into the modern form of the new Camry. what's more, it's fast, refined, reliable and very competitive at every other important luxury car criterion as well.
    Audi-A4 : 2.0 TDi
  The Audi A4 2.0 TDi has no real vices. It's not the most engaging car to drive down a winding road; legroom is at a premium for rear seat passengers and interiors are almost plain. But, the engine and gearbox are a delight to use. It has enough grunt and straight-line performance to get you grinning even when you're in a sombre mood. The car also rides brilliantly and quality levels are top-notch.
    Chevrolet-Aveo : 1.4 /1.6
  The Aveo's big, deep-set grille, trapezoidal headlights and strong chin give it an imposing look that makes it look bigger than it actually is. GM has also gone all out to make the Aveo's interiors look and feel plush. It falls short in a few areas like the handling, high speed composure and gearshift, but still manages to come across as a value-formoney package.
    Chevrolet SRV
  The SRV combines smart styling, bold colours and a confident stance. It is attractive, but the driving experience doesn't live up to its looks. The mediocre engine, clunky gearbox and wooden steering take the very essence out of driving such a car - fun. The SRV works well if you want lots of interior space but not a huge boot, ideal if you are using it mostly in town and for the odd weekend trip.
    Hyundai Verna: Petrol/Diesel
  The Verna petrol comes across as a sensible midsizer offering good comfort, space and re- finement delivered in a fuss-free manner. But performance isn't sparkling and the dynamics aren't entertaining either. It's the diesel which has a greater fun-to-drive factor. It lacks certain essential equipment but hyundai thinks that for a car which can outperform most petrols in its class, the Verna is worth the extra cash.
    Chevrolet UV-A
  The latest from the General's stables, the UV-A is a smart-looking, well-proportioned hatchback here to take on the Getz and the Swift. Powered by the 90bhp, 1.4-litre engine found in the Aveo, the UV-A is expected to be more fuel efficient than the Aveo thanks to its lighter kerb weight. The well-designed interiors and the tuned-for-ride suspension should go down well with customers too.
    Maruti Zen Estilo
  Maruti's upgraded package, a blend of cheery looks, good cabin and decent engine, the new Zen estilo takes the successful brand name a step further. The estilo shares its platform, engine and gearbox with the wagon R. Maruti has also used a lot of parts from its stable in the car to keep costs low. The beige interiors are a first for a small car and a clear step up from the competition.
    HONDA CR-V 2.4
  An SUV that drives like a car. Thatís what SUV buyers really want And Honda is among the few companies that knows and understands this. Hence, itís no surprise that the CR-V is Indiaís most successful import despite not having an all-important diesel engine. Itís an SUV that appeals to both sexes, its handsome looks, car-like driving manners and comfortable interiors are a winning combination.
    Hero Honda CBZ X-treme
  This is hero honda's best model in several years. Only an ill-suited front fairing scars the dashing styling. Up among the fastest 150 bikes, the X-treme uses the same smooth honda engine as on the Unicorn. A sporty riding position and best-in-class handling all add to make the X really exciting.
    Bajaj Pulsar DTS-Fi
  QUERIES for the fuel-injected 220cc DTS-Fi have flooded our inbox throughout 2006. It offers unheard-of features and mouth-watering specs. It's unashamedly a sportsbike with 20bhp on tap. Great styling, tubeless tyres and exposed chain among a long list of desir-
    Kinetic Stryker
  KINETIC'S lone bike for 2006, the Stryker's claim to fame is being first in its segment to offer gas charged rear shock absorbers. The Stryker could have been better styled, and better built, being further let down by an un
    Bajaj Platina
  A power seller for Bajaj, the Platina does well to rope in styling and features from a segment above its own. Among the few 100cc bikes to offer premium alloy rims, the Platina is comfortable-riding on novel spring in spring technology rear suspension.
    Honda Shine
  HONDA'S 125cc Shine comes across as a disappointment possibly due to high expectations from the hallowed honda name. Though a refined and well-built bike, it isn't stylish enough and misses several features one today takes for granted on other 125cc bikes.
    Suzuki Zeus
  The well-built Suzuki Zeus has nimble handling and an ideal riding position. But Suzuki should have equipped its first Indian bike with a more powerful engine - the Zeus performs more like a 100cc than the 125 it is. And, alloy rims and better features would have helped.
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