On the 19th of February during business breakfast in the Kazbek restaurant in Moscow, the organizing committee of the Russian National Award of Automotive Business Experts TOP-5 AUTO has announced the short-list of nominees of the ninth season in 6 automotive categories and a special category Auto-person of the year.
Starting from October 2020 the Jury of the Award which consists of 54 authoritative Russian automotive journalists has been estimating all the new and drastically restyled car models that have been introduced to the Russian market in 2020 (72 vehicles in total), the estimation been made on the basis of 5 key criteria: price-quality ratio, design, technical innovations, comfort and practicality. As a result, the finalists - which got the highest average ball - have been determined in each of the nominations.
In the ninth season the following finalists have been nominated to the short-lists:
- in the category COMPACT CITY CAR:
- Audi A5
- Hyundai Solaris
- Kia XCeed
- Skoda Octavia
- Volkswagen Polo
- in the category LARGE AND EXECUTIVE CITY CAR:
- Audi A6 Allroad
- Genesis G80
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Kia K5
- Volvo V90 Cross Country
- in the category COMPACT CROSSOVER / OFFROADER AND SUV:
- Geely Coolray
- Peugeot 2008
- Renault Kaptur
- Skoda Karoq
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- in the category LARGE CROSSOVER / OFFROADER:
- Audi Q7
- Cadillac XT6
- Hyundai Palisade
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Defender
- in the category SPORTS CAR / COUPE / ROADSTER / CABRIO:
- Audi RS 6 Avant
- BMW 4-Series
- Jaguar F-Type
- Porsche 911
*In the ninth season there are only 4 models instead of 5 present in the category. The reason for that is the duplication of models of one make in the long-list in this category. According to the Awards' Rules and Regulations in cases like this, the model that got more balls is nominated to a short-list. Because of this and due to the fact that the total number of the vehicles in the category was small only 4 models are on the short-list here.
- in the category LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE / PICKUP:
- Opel Zafira Life / Vivaro
- Renault Master
- Toyota Hilux
- Volkswagen Multivan / Transporter
Audi has become the leader in a total number of nominations in the ninth season. Four models of the brand have made their way to the list of the finalists. Volkswagen brand is in second place with the three models in the short-lists.
The short-list of 5 nominees in the AUTO-PERSON OF THE YEAR category is been formed on the basis of results of media-monitoring which is fulfilled by the partner of TOP-5 AUTO Mediascope research company. Only candidates with the biggest number of positive or neutral mentioning in print and online media are nominated to the short-list. In the 2020/21 season, the monitoring covered more than 250 federal and regional mass media.
The finalists are as follows:
- Alexei Kalitsev - Executive Director, Hyundai Motors CIS
- Yves Karakatzanis - President, AUTOVAZ Company
- Jan Prokhazka - Head of Skoda in Russia
- Thomas Staertzel - General Director, Porsche Russland
- Daniil Kvyat - Pilot, F1
The winners of the Russian National Award of Automotive Business Experts will traditionally be announced at the Awarding Ceremony which will take place in Moscow at the end of May 2021. The calculation and certification of the votes of the experts' Jury will be fulfilled by international consulting and audit company KPMG.
In this season for the second time in the history of the Award, the expert Jury will vote for the Russian CAR OF THE YEAR. This title will go to the best vehicle out of those nominated to the short-lists in all categories. We remind you that last year the title CAR OF THE YEAR was given to PORSCHE TAYCAN.