Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2021 winners to be announced on 26 February

a car parked on the side of a building: Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2021 winners to be announced on 26 February

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Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2021 winners to be announced on 26 February

Despite a gloomy year, there were quite a few significant car launches in the year 2020. Almost every segment witnessed new entrants or the existing models being updated with a fresh look and new-age features. But, which was the car that really stood out amongst the crowd? This brings us to Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) which is the most prestigious award of the year in the automotive industry.

Last year, the Hyundai Venue was crowned as the 2020 ICOTY whereas the BMW 3 Series luxury sedan took the throne in the premium car segment. The Maruti Suzuki Swift remains the only car to be awarded the ICOTY award for every generation. 

Coming to this year’s competition, the battlefield consists of the new Honda City, Hyundai Aura, Hyundai Creta,

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This could be a banner year for electric cars

Signs point to 2021 being a big year for electric cars. Even though EV volume is a relatively small share of the overall market, the market is beginning to stir. Electrics account for about 2% of sales. But 2021 sees a major push by manufacturers to introduce new models. More EVs are likely to spark a sales surge.

Ralf Brandstätter, who heads global passenger cars for Volkswagen,
believes the inflection point may have happened last year. He said, “2020 was a turning point for Volkswagen and marked a breakthrough in electric mobility.” Worldwide deliveries of EVs at VW totaled more than 212,000 last year. “We are well on track to achieve our aim of becoming the market leader in battery electric vehicles,” Brandstätter said. “More than any other company, we stand for attractive and affordable e-mobility.”

Volkswagen’s serious push into the electric car market begins later this year

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2020 is the wrong year to launch a car, but Czinger is moving full speed ahead

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Los Angeles-based startup Czinger has remained relatively quiet since it unveiled the 21C, a 3D-printed plug-in hybrid hypercar, in February. Its plans to present the model at the 2020 Geneva auto show were derailed when the event was canceled, and it decelerated its operations to comply with California’s COVID-19-related lockdowns, but work never stopped behind the scenes. We caught up with the brand to get a better idea of where it stands.

Jens Sverdrup, the young brand’s chief commercial officer, told Autoblog engineers began testing prototypes on the road and on the track in August 2019. “This is not one of these stories where you see new companies coming out with a mockup or a computer rendering; we have fully functioning cars, and we’ve spent a significant amount of money on them,” he said. Testing abruptly stopped in the spring, fine-tuning a

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