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The short-list of nominees of the fourth season of National Award of Automotive Business Experts TOP-5 AUTO is announced.

18 February 2016

On Feb 18 during the business brunch at G. GRAF restaurant the steering committee of TOP-5 AUTO award has announced the short-list of nominees of the fourth season. From the beginning of November 2015 the jury of the contest which currently consists of 43 reputable Russian automotive journalists evaluated  84 brand-new of substantially renewed models from the long-list according to five main criteria: price-quality ratio, styling, technical innovations, comfort and usability. Based on these estimates five finalists which scored the highest mean average were chosen in each of nominations.

The following nominees have hit the short-list of TOP-5 AUTO 2016:

- In COMPACT CITY CAR nomination:

  • Kia Cee’d
  • Lada Vesta
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake
  • Nissan Tiida
  • Volkswagen Jetta


  • Audi A4
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Jaguar XE
  • Škoda Superb
  • Volkswagen Passat

In this category four of five finalists have also hit the short-list of European Car of the Year 2016 Award. The fifth finalist, Volkswagen Passat of the 8th generation, became a winner of this very contest a year ago.


  • Hyundai Tuscon
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
  • Suzuki Vitara
  • Volvo S60 / V60 Cross Country


  • Audi Q7
  • Kia Sorento Prime
  • Lexus RX
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Volvo XC90


  • Audi RS 3 Sportback
  • Jaguar F-Type AWD
  • Lexus RC F
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
  • Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé & Cabrio

- In a special LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE / PICKUP nomination:

  • GAZelle Next van
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Mitsubishi L200
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Volkswagen Transporter

In total, three German brands - Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen – have three nominees in various categories. Kia, Lexus, Nissan and Volvo enjoyed two nominees in the short-list.    
The seventh special category is the BEST PR-DEPARTMENT OF A CAR MANUFACTURER. While choosing the nominees the jury evaluated the expertise and skills of press officers of automotive companies to build a day-to-day and efficient communication between car manufacturers and journalists. The following PR-departments have made it to the top-5:

  • Jaguar Land Rover Russia
  • Mazda Motor RUS
  • Mitsubishi Motor Company RUS
  • Nissan Manufacturing RUS
  • Škoda Auto Russia

Traditionally the nominees in a special category AUTO-PERSON OF THE YEAR are determined on basis of media monitoring data, provided by TNS Russia Media Research Company. Entrants with the highest number of positive and neutral media hits become nominees. This season the monitoring was conducted on 254 media outlets. The leaders of the fourth season are:

  • Daniil Kvyat – Russian racer, the sole Russian participant in F-1 for 2015 season
  • Denis Manturov – Minister of manufacturing industry and commerce of Russian Federation
  • Vladimir Mozhenkov – President of Association of Russian Automotive Dealers (ROAD)
  • Sergey Udalov – Executive director of analytic agency AUTOSTAT
  • Joerg Schreiber – General director of MAZDA MOTOR RUS, Head of Auto Manufacturers Committee of Association of European Business (AEB).

The winners of National Award of Automotive Business Experts TOP-5 AUTO 2016 are to be announced at the awarding ceremony, which will take place during the last ten days (the exact date is to be determined) of May 2016. The official vote counter of the award is KPMG international audit and consulting company.  


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