You will be surprised at some of the segment winners
The Auto Premier League is a one of a kind award where the winners are decided by audience votes, knock-out style. Check out more details about the awards here. The final round of the Auto Premier League is over and your votes are in. With over 36,000 of you voting through the three rounds, it is now time to declare the winners of the first edition of APL.
Scooter of the Year
Honda Activa 125 vs TVS NTorq 125
While we thought the capable TVS NTorq 125 would win the scooter of the year crown, it appears that a majority of the readers prefer the 125cc Honda. The Honda Activa 125 is our scooter of the year.
Commuter of the Year (up to 110cc)
Hero Splendor Plus vs Hero Passion Pro
The Hero Splendor can be credited for bringing a bit of style to commuters in India and is loved by millions. Even in the face of a better-looking cousin, the Hero Splendor Plus easily won the commuter of the year title.
Commuter of the Year (up to 160cc)
TVS Apache RTR 160 vs Honda Shine
We expected the Honda Shine to easily win here but the aspirational value that the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V offers, seems to have taken it to the finish line to win the commuter of the year (up to 160cc).
Executive Bike of the Year (up to 200cc)
Yamaha MT-15 vs Yamaha FZ v3.0 vs Yamaha R15 v3.0
In a long list of executive bikes, the final three contenders were all Yamahas and that says something about the Japanese bikemaker’s brand value. Ultimately, the more desirable Yamaha R15 v3.0 won the title of the executive bike of the year (up to 200cc).
Performance Bike of the Year
RE Classic 350 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs KTM 390 Duke
We did not expect the Royal Enfield Classic 350 to win in the face of other performance-oriented finalists like the Ninja 300 and the 390 Duke, but that’s audience power for you.
Premium Bike of the Year
Kawasaki Ninja 650 vs Ducati Panigale V4 vs KTM 790 Duke
The Ducati Panigale V4 is a highly desirable motorcycle and the poster bike of our generation. Its performance and dynamics have set a new benchmark in performance biking making it our premium bike of the year.
ADV Bike of the Year (up to 500cc)
RE Himalayan vs KTM 390 Adventure
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is as capable as the veritable mountain goat and a favourite among adventure tourers. Its focus towards dual-purpose touring helped it win ADV bike of the year (up to 500cc).
Electric Two-wheeler of the Year
Bajaj Chetak vs Revolt RV400
Despite coming from a well-established brand and impressing with its looks and build quality, the Chetak lost to the Revolt RV 400which is India’s only electric motorcycle.
BS4-compliant models shown for representation.