TVS Raider wins Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022 award
Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer TVS’ Raider 125 has won the highly acclaimed Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022 award. The IMOTY award is the country’s most revered award any motorcycle can be awarded and this year the 125cc from TVS was crowned the winner. Equivalent to the entertainment world’s Oscar or Grammy, this award is India’s most credible and coveted two-wheeled award. Some of the other contenders for this year’s IMOTY were the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Honda CB200X, Yamaha FZ-X, Bajaj Pulsar F250 and Bajaj Pulsar N250.
This award is based on industry experts’ analysis of the nation’s best new motorcycles. The highly experienced judging panel is tasked with picking a single clear winner, and the voting process has been designed to be completely fair and tamper-proof. Price, fuel economy, style, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian driving conditions are all important to consider when selecting a winner.
The 2022 IMOTY judging panel included 14 top industry experts like Rahul Ghosh and Dipayan Dutta from Auto Today, Shivank Bhatt from AutoX, Aspi Bhathena and Sarmad Kadiri from BIKE India And CAR India, Sirish Chandran and Aatish Mishra from Evo India, Kartik Ware and Janak Sorap from Motoring World, Rohit Paradkar and Bertrand D’souza from Overdrive, Vikrant Singh from CarWale, BikeWale And CarTrade with Kranti Sambhav from Times Drive and finally Abhay Verma from TURBOCHARGED.
The process of selecting the bikes in the running is done with a set of a few basic rules. The qualifying criteria includes that all bikes eligible for these honors be new. Existing bikes with minor cosmetic modifications or minor mechanical modifications, such as power or transmission changes, are not eligible for this award. The rules also define that no matter where the bikes come from, they must be manufactured or assembled in India and available for purchase in showrooms by November 30 of the previous year. The motorcycles should have been homologated for Indian type certification, however, those imported via CBU are not.
Meanwhile, the winner selection process takes place with a voting system where each member of the jury receives a maximum of 25 points. A motorcycle can receive a maximum of ten points from each member of the Jury. At least 5 of the competing bikes must receive points from each member of the Jury. The IMOTY is the most respectable automotive award due to its extremely fair and transparent procedure.
On behalf of the 2022 IMOTY Jury, Dr. Raghupati Singhania, President and Managing Director of JK Tire & Industries Limited, presented the winner’s trophy to Aniruddha Haldar, Senior Vice President – Marketing, TVS Motor Company for the Raider 125. And all on accepting the award Aniruddha Haldar said, “IMOTY has always been the automotive industry’s most coveted award with sheer expertise that backs up the standard of the jury. The TVS Raider receiving congratulations from the esteemed jury was truly heartening with a deep sense of pride as we accept it on behalf of the entire TVS Motors team and all consumers who have shown their love for TVS Raider.