The Bucharest 2011 ceremony awarded top executives and PR people supporting the AUTOBEST project during the first 10 years.The 10th edition of AUTOBEST AWARDS festivity took place on February 4th 2011, at Toma Caragiu hall of the Bulandra theatre, a legendary cultural scene of Romania.
AUTOBEST changed dramatically the theatre hall in order to accommodate a 100 seated people gala event. For the first time, alongside the members of the jury, top executives from the car industry, international guests, key executives from the Romanian auto industry, several top European executives and PR officers joined the event to be awarded with “10 Anniversary Diploma of Honor”.
Dacia Duster was voted “AUTOBEST 2011”. With a total of 863 points, the winner overtook Opel Meriva with only 41 points - 822 points.
“I am proud and honored to receive, as President of Dacia and Euromed Region Leader of Renault, this important award for the Dacia Duster model. The honor is even greater since the award is conferred by a rigorous and demanding jury, made up of professionals of motoring journalism from no less than 15 European countries. Autobest award pays off a model that has already become a real success only few months after its launch. Duster is a success for Dacia and for Renault, but also for Romania – since Dacia Duster will become one of its best ambassadors all around the world. With more than 100,000 orders placed in less than nine months, Duster turned into a phenomenon, getting top places in the sales rankings for its category on the most demanding European markets such as Germany, France and Italy, but also Turkey, Poland and the Czech Republic. Dacia has become the pride of our clients and a symbol of the “SMART BUY” attitude”, said Jacques Chauvet, Renault Euromed leader and Chairman of Automobile Dacia in receiving the award.
Ilia Seliktar, the Autobest President, stated: “Our AUTOBEST winner is probably a very expected one. Dacia Duster is making a revolution in the SUV segment, bringing democracy to a quite expensive league. We all agree that Duster fully deserves the prize, symbolizing the very meaning of our award.”