BMW fends off tough competition to win prestigious award
22 April 2013

The BMW 3-series has been named the Autocar Asian Car of the Year 2013 by a panel of 18 highly respected car experts.

The prestigious award, which was given to both the standard BMW 3-series and the long wheelbase version, was presented to Ian Robertson, BMW chief of sales and marketing, and chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk, at the Shanghai motor show.

BMW's 3-series fought off fierce competition to win the Dynaudio-backed award; initially a shortlist of 59 cars was drawn up, which was then whittled own to six contenders: the Audi Q3, Lexus GS, Porsche 911, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota GT86 and, of course, the BMW 3-series.

Making the presentation, Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India, said "“The new BMW 3-series takes the game forward with its brilliant blend of ride and handling, strong engines and stunning appearance. Interior space and comfort has taken a huge leap forward too.”"

Derryn Wong, contributing editor of Autocar Singapore, added "“The BMW 3-series is simply the most useable and drivable car on the shortlist. It exceeds your expectations by a country mile, making it a true winner.”"

Faisal Shah, group editor of Autocar Malaysia, said "The 3-series just plainly redefines the class. BMW has reset the competency scales.”"

The award, sponsored by Dynaudio, was voted for by a pair of Autocar editors from each of the countries in Asia in which Autocar is published. These are China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The inaugural Autocar Asian Car of the Year was the Audi A6, which received the accolade in 2012.

Autocar is the world’s oldest car magazine, having been founded more than 100 years ago, in 1895. 

It is now published in 16 countries, selling more than 1,000,000 copies a month around the world, as well as being represented through regional websites.

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22 April 2013

BMW 3-Series wins the Autocar Asian Car of the Year award over the likes of Porsche 911, Toyota GT86, Lexus GS, Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3!

23 April 2013

fadyady wrote:

BMW 3-Series wins the Autocar Asian Car of the Year award over the likes of Porsche 911, Toyota GT86, Lexus GS, Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3!

And your point is?

Entirely deserved.

Better than all the rest of them put together. (He said, deliberately being provocative)

25 April 2013

Compare the top six contenders from the Asian & European COTY:

ACOTY - BMW 3 Series, Audi Q3, Lexus GS, Porsche 911, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota GT86

ECOTY - VW Golf, Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ, Volvo V40, Ford B-Max, Mercedes A-Class, Renault Clio

What is it with Asian auto journalists? Why can't they be realistic about the cars most people Angel want and (b) can afford to buy and run?

We all love high-performance, expensive machines, but isn't COTY about a bit more than just that?

"18 highly respected car experts". But of course.

PS - The Lexus GS and Toyota GT86 aren't even on sale here in India, the third largest car market in Asia.

18 July 2013

Really deserving. Great article. Thanks for posting!

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