The ABC award for Best Car of the Year 2024 reaches its 52nd edition, consolidated as the reference award in Spain. Of the fifty novelties presented in the last year, only twelve vehicles are those that enter the final dispute for the most prestigious award in the Spanish automotive industry. Some candidates who were presented yesterday at a gala, sponsored by Michelin, which was attended by Ana Delgado, general director of ABC. During the event, the general and communication directors of the brands, for two minutes and with a reference video each of them, had the opportunity to emphasize the qualities for which their model should be the winner on December 13.
In detail, those chosen for this edition, selected from a wide range of segments -compact, SUV and 100% electric-, are the Abarth 500e, the Audi Q8 e-tron, the BMW X1 (and its purely electric version, the iX1), the Citroën C4X, the Hyundai Kona, the Jeep Avenger, the Lexus RX, the Nissan X-Trail, the Peugeot 408, the Renault Espace, the SsangYong Torres and the Toyota Corolla.
“All of them models that surprise with their features, technology and design,” he explained. José Ramón Alonso Trigueros, deputy director of ABC and in charge of opening the gala. «But they also cover a wide range of segments. Precisely for this reason, we could have created an award for each of them – for the best car in the B segment, for the best SUV, for the best family car, for the best sedan, for the best urban car, for the best hybrid, for the best electric… -, something they do in other awards,” he added. However, Alonso wanted to highlight that the twelve selected “are already in the ‘Champions’ and have the award of having been chosen by ABC to compete in the 52nd edition of the Best Car of the Year Award 2024.” ABC has had the search for excellence in its DNA for 120 years, so, “among the best, we want to find the absolute champion and this is where the complicated part begins, because there can only be one left,” he concluded.
The most prominent personalities in the world of motorsport did not want to miss the gala. Among them, in addition to the members of the professional jury of the Award in charge of choosing (70% of the weight) the winner – made up of the most prestigious motor journalists – was a large representation of automotive manufacturers. Thus, from the Jeep brand, Paulo Carelligeneral director for Spain and Portugal of Jeep, together with Rosa Caniegogeneral director of Communication (DIRCOM) of the brand and Opel, were in charge of supporting its great commitment to become the Best Car of the Year 2024. Nissan was represented by Bruno Mattucidirector and general director, together with Francesc Corberó, DIRCOM. And Peugeot for Joao Mendesgeneral director of Peugeot, together with DIRCOM Alberto Morlain charge of taking the stand to defend his candidate.
The rest of the candidates were also represented by their main managers. On the part of SsangYong, her DIRCOM, Javier de la Calzada; Pilar García de la PueblaDIRCOM de BMW, y Borja HormigosPress Chief; Ana VelosilloAbarth and Fiat DIRCOM; Juan José Martínez SaavedraHyundai DIRCOM, y Santiago de la Rocha, Press Chief; in addition to Natalia Pérez VerdeLexus DIRCOM, and Sergio FernandezProduct Manager; Rebeca GuillénDIRCOM from Toyota, accompanied by Iñaki ArriandiagaPress Chief; Mercedes GarciaDIRCOM of Renault, José Ángel López TensDIRCOM de Citroën, y Alejandro Martin AlonsoHead of Press at Audi.
Representatives of other brands that are not competing for the award also attended but did not want to miss this prestigious meeting. For example, Carlos de Luis y Pablo CofanDirector of Communication and Head of Press at Seat, respectively; Immaculate WarHead of Communication at Kia, and Jorge Muñoz López de CarrizosaVolvo Press Director.
Representatives of fundamental associations for the Spanish automobile industry such as Ganvam (National Association of Vehicle Sellers) also stood out among the almost hundred guests: Fernando Miguélezgeneral director of the Association, and Tania PucheDirector of Communication.
The vote starts
From this Thursday, November 16, until midnight on December 1, you can vote for the favorite candidate through the site mejorcoche.abc.es; in which the bases of the award, the candidates, the technical characteristics of the competing models, the composition of the professional Jury and the voting system that the non-professional jury must follow through the web are published.
In detail, the determination of the winning car will result from the combination of the votes, first of all, the specialist jury, which will have 70% of the weight of the vote. ABC will send the members of the professional jury an email that will include the voting table and voting instructions. Each jury member must send their vote by email. And in the event that a jury member submits more than one vote, only the last one will be taken into account. The notary will draw up minutes of the results of the votes.
Each member of the jury must evaluate each of the twelve finalist cars in the following parameters: design, engine, behavior, interior, consumption and quality/price ratio. Thirteen points will be given to the best in each of the parameters, and the following cars will receive 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
Secondly, Premium subscribers will have 25% of the voting weight, a high percentage for readers with access to relevant and valuable information. Those who have been voting for three months or have had an annual subscription will be able to vote through the website only once.
Finally, the general public, with the remaining 5% of the voting weight, will be able to choose their favorite through the site: mejorcoche.abc.es, although they will only be able to vote once a day.
The prize will be communicated by notary on December 13, and subsequently the award ceremony will be organized in the month of February 2024.