Dacia Duster was designated Autovot Car 2011 during the Autovot Gala organised on Wednesday, February 9th by the online daily www.automarket.ro. Dacia Duster also won first prize in the Best Buy section and came second in the bloggers’ competition.
Autovot has become the most important „Car of the Year” competition launched in the Romanian online media. The contest gives the audience the chance to choose their favourite models, with no limitations to entering the competition. This year’s edition, the fifth so far, has included three award categories: Best Design, Best Buy and General (Autovot Car 2011). The Autovot 2011 contest was held exclusively on Facebook and as a premiere, it included a Romanian Bloggers’ Award.
Thirty-six models, all launched in 2010, have entered the competition this year. Dacia Duster scored a total of 5625 points. The model’s top position in the General category was also due to the high score in Best Buy: Dacia Duster received two times the votes of the model that came second (4641 de puncte).
The bloggers’ special award was voted by 61 representatives of the Romanian blogosphere, who awarded Duster by a total of 60 points. Only five points separated the Romanian model from the winner of the first prize. The presidents of the jury that gave away the Bloggers’ Award were: Cristian China-Birta (www.chinezu.eu), Cristian Dorombach (www.piticu.ro), Bobby Voicu (www.bobbyvoicu.ro), Cristian Manafu (www.manafu.ro) and Cabral Ibacka (www.cabral.ro).