15 years of motoring, 15 years of achievements, 15 years of ArabWheels…
November 15, 2017, Dubai, UAE: ArabWheels once again continued its devotion and commitment to the automotive industry and automotive enthusiasm for the Middle East region and exceeded all expectations with its third edition of the “ArabWheels Awards” 2017 (AWA) which was held at the Meydan Hotel – a prestigious landmark of Dubai.
“ArabWheels Awards is an annual award presented by ArabWheels’ media platforms – magazine, website, apps, web TV, and e-news – to recognize and acknowledge the latest and greatest of the automotive world,” said Toni Eid, CEO of Trace Media International.
Commenting on the ArabWheels Awards, Issam Eid, editor in chief of ArabWheels and director of the Automotive Media at Trace Media, said: “We seized the initiative two years ago during Dubai Motor Show 2015 week and we succeeded. In a challenging business year, this year marks a major milestone for us as we celebrate ArabWheels’ 15th anniversary. Serving my mission as motoring journalist and editor in chief is extremely rewarding. All that is left now is to pay respect to all the people who are on my team now who have made ArabWheels the greatest ‘Arabs Automotive Media.’ Raise your glasses: let’s toast to the next 15 years. Cheers!
To be eligible for ArabWheels Awards, a car must be an “all-new” or “significantly facelifted” vehicle that has been for sale prior to the announcement of the nominated vehicles. The ArabWheels Awards are divided by fifty percent of the jury members’ votes and fifty percent of the readers’ choice, via online voting (www.arabwheels.net). The ArabWheels Awards judging panel is made up of three prominent automotive journalists from the Middle East with regional expertise. The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a regional scale.
The three jurors for this year’s ceremony were: Hisham Sakr, customization and supercar specialist at MILCAR, Nabil Moustafa, managing partner/Xclusive SARL for Automotive Events, and Issam Eid, editor in chief of ArabWheels.
The winners of the ArabWheels Awards 2017 are:
1-Compact Sedan: Kia Rio
2-Small Sedan: Toyota Corolla
3-Midsize Sedan: Nissan Altima
4-Midsize Executive Sedan: BMW 5-Series
5-Large Sedan: Hyundai Azera
6-Large Premium Sedan: Porsche Panamera
7-Compact SUV: Nissan Kicks
8-Compact Premium SUV: Audi Q2
9-Small SUV: Honda CR-V
10-Midsize SUV: Mazda CX-9
11-Midsize Premium SUV: Cadillac XT5
12-Large Premium SUV: Land Rover Discovery
13-Pickup Truck: Ford F150 Raptor
14-Premium Convertible: Jaguar F-Type 2.0 Convertible
15-Sports Coupe: Audi TT RS
16-Premium Sports Coupe: Infiniti Q60 S Coupe
17-Performance Coupe: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18-Premium Performance Coupe: Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
19-Premium Performance Sedan: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
20-Supercar: Lamborghini Huracan Performante
21-Dealer of the Year 2017 (UAE): Al-Futtaim Motors Company
22-Dealer of the Year 2017 (Lebanon): IMPEX Sal
23-Safest Car of the Year 2017: Volvo XC60
24-Best Car Technology 2017: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
25-CEO/MD of the Year 2017: Marwan Haidamous, MD Renault Middle East
26-PR Agency of the Year 2017: Memac Ogilvy
27-Car of the Year 2017 (COTY): Range Rover Velar
See you next year in 2018!