2015 CotY awards: The future is now

Tech-laden BMW i8 scoops coveted 2015 Car of the Year award
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November 22, 2016
Ralf Bissinger poses with the BMW i8 after a very successful night at the 2015 CotY awards
Ralf Bissinger poses with the BMW i8 after a very successful night at the 2015 CotY awards(1/22)
Photos: Kishore Kumar
Photos: Kishore Kumar(2/22)
Chris Buxton, general manager sales, Al-Futtaim Motors, Lexus with Suzan Kazzi, communications manager, Al-Futtaim Motors and Rabih Habayeb, PR manager, GMASCO
Chris Buxton, general manager sales, Al-Futtaim Motors, Lexus with Suzan Kazzi, communications manager, Al-Futtaim Motors and Rabih Habayeb, PR manager, GMASCO(3/22)
Juergen Schmitz, managing director, Infiniti Middle East, attended the bash
Juergen Schmitz, managing director, Infiniti Middle East, attended the bash(4/22)
Marco Sambaldi was pleased with the award for Best Convertible
Marco Sambaldi was pleased with the award for Best Convertible(5/22)
Ayman Ghanem, regional general manager-sales, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East
Ayman Ghanem, regional general manager-sales, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East(6/22)
Maysa AlShamy from GM Middle East
Maysa AlShamy from GM Middle East(7/22)
Axel Dreyer, president of Al Majid Motors Hyundai
Axel Dreyer, president of Al Majid Motors Hyundai(8/22)
Hakim Boutehra, MD, Renault ME took the award for Best Compact CUV
Hakim Boutehra, MD, Renault ME took the award for Best Compact CUV(9/22)
Kashif Farid, marketing, CRM and events manager, Lamborghini UAE, Al Jaziri
Kashif Farid, marketing, CRM and events manager, Lamborghini UAE, Al Jaziri(10/22)
Uwe Hermann, regional sales manager, Porsche Middle East and Africa
Uwe Hermann, regional sales manager, Porsche Middle East and Africa(11/22)
Felix Weller, director of sales and marketing for Cadillac with the Best SUV award
Felix Weller, director of sales and marketing for Cadillac with the Best SUV award(12/22)
Michael Koehler, director of marketing, VW Middle East with the Best Hot Hatch award
Michael Koehler, director of marketing, VW Middle East with the Best Hot Hatch award(13/22)
Tarek Fathy, retail sales manager, Galadari Automobiles Mazda
Tarek Fathy, retail sales manager, Galadari Automobiles Mazda(14/22)
The wheels team; Dejan Jovanovic, Imran Malik, Sony Thomas and Amit Benjamin
The wheels team; Dejan Jovanovic, Imran Malik, Sony Thomas and Amit Benjamin(15/22)
Ian Gorsuch, regional director, McLaren Middle East
Ian Gorsuch, regional director, McLaren Middle East(16/22)
Hans-Jürgen Pfeil, vice-president and director of aftersales, Daimler Middle East and Levant with James Hewes, publishing director, GN Publishing
Hans-Jürgen Pfeil, vice-president and director of aftersales, Daimler Middle East and Levant with James Hewes, publishing director, GN Publishing(17/22)
Kinan Alhabbal and Mikaiel Serabian, wheels Arabic
Kinan Alhabbal and Mikaiel Serabian, wheels Arabic(18/22)
Fadi Takieddine, editor wheels Arabic with Karin Haferkorn from Maserati
Fadi Takieddine, editor wheels Arabic with Karin Haferkorn from Maserati(19/22)
Philip Mayling, head of sales, Mercedes-Benz Cars
Philip Mayling, head of sales, Mercedes-Benz Cars(20/22)
Nicola Gibson was presented the trophy for Best Coupé
Nicola Gibson was presented the trophy for Best Coupé(21/22)
Janice Hinson took the award for Best Saloon
Janice Hinson took the award for Best Saloon(22/22)

Held at the swanky Ritz-Carlton, JBR, our sixth awards night attracted all of the major players from the automotive industry once again. The coveted Car of the Year trophy went to the stunning BMW i8, pushing many great contenders behind in the long, comprehensive selection process. 

The other cars awarded that night included the BMW M3, Audi A3,  Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, the C-Class, Renault Captur, and the Ferrari California T. Quite an eclectic mix that, you’d agree. But that’s what makes wheels Car of the Year awards interesting.

Roll of honour

BEST HATCHBACK:Mazda 3

BEST HOT-HATCH:Volkswagen Golf R

BEST COMPACT CUV:Renault Captur

BEST CROSSOVER:Porsche Macan

BEST SUV:Cadillac Escalade

BEST SALOON:Audi A3 Sedan

BEST EXECUTIVE SALOON:Mercedes-Benz C-Class

BEST LUXURY SALOON:Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

BEST SPORTS SALOON:BMW M3

BEST GRAND TOURER:Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

BEST COUPé:Jaguar F-Type R

BEST CONVERTIBLE:Ferrari California T

BEST SPORTSCAR:BMW i8

BEST SUPERCAR:Lamborghini Huracán

READERS’ CHOICE:Audi A3 Sedan

CAR OF THE YEAR:BMW i8