2016 CotY awards: XC90 takes the big prize

Volvo’s SUV wins bragging rights for 2016 wheels Car of the Year
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November 22, 2016
Mohammad Maktari, managing director, Trading Enterprises, is presented the award for Best Premium SUV by James Hewes, publishing director, GN Publishing
Mohammad Maktari, managing director, Trading Enterprises, is presented the award for Best Premium SUV by James Hewes, publishing director, GN Publishing(1/18)
Mohammad Maktari receives the Car of the Year award from Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, GN Publishing
Mohammad Maktari receives the Car of the Year award from Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, GN Publishing(2/18)
Khalid Al-Sabi, Salpy Kevorkian, Janice Hinson and Andrew Kennedy from Audi Middle East
Khalid Al-Sabi, Salpy Kevorkian, Janice Hinson and Andrew Kennedy from Audi Middle East(3/18)
Giulio Zauner, general manager, Ferrari Middle East and Africa with Fadi Takieddine, wheels arabic editor and Helmi Sghaier, regional manager for communication and PR
Giulio Zauner, general manager, Ferrari Middle East and Africa with Fadi Takieddine, wheels arabic editor and Helmi Sghaier, regional manager for communication and PR(4/18)
Neville Darukhanawalla and Neil Tyrer from FCA
Neville Darukhanawalla and Neil Tyrer from FCA(5/18)
Chris Wilde (left), brand director at Jaguar Land Rover, MENA collects the award for the XE from Dr Gary Hartstein, former Formula 1 medical delegate
Chris Wilde (left), brand director at Jaguar Land Rover, MENA collects the award for the XE from Dr Gary Hartstein, former Formula 1 medical delegate(6/18)
Amei Ramesh, general manager, Al Majid Motors-Kia shows off the award for the Optima
Amei Ramesh, general manager, Al Majid Motors-Kia shows off the award for the Optima(7/18)
Lennart Mueller-Teut, head of marketing and communications Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars with James Hewes
Lennart Mueller-Teut, head of marketing and communications Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars with James Hewes(8/18)
Andreas Bareis, managing director, McLaren Middle East and Africa with the Best Sportscar award
Andreas Bareis, managing director, McLaren Middle East and Africa with the Best Sportscar award(9/18)
Axel Dreyer, president, Juma Al Majid-Hyundai with the award for Best Crossover
Axel Dreyer, president, Juma Al Majid-Hyundai with the award for Best Crossover(10/18)
Roberto Lopes Da Silva, general manager retail, Toyota Al-Futtaim Motors poses with the trophy
Roberto Lopes Da Silva, general manager retail, Toyota Al-Futtaim Motors poses with the trophy(11/18)
The Mazda team with the award for Best Compact
The Mazda team with the award for Best Compact(12/18)
Sue Nigoghossian, general manager, communications, Ford Middle East and North Africa with the award for Best Coupé
Sue Nigoghossian, general manager, communications, Ford Middle East and North Africa with the award for Best Coupé(13/18)
Photos: Aiza Castillo-Domingo
Photos: Aiza Castillo-Domingo(14/18)
Radio 1’s Danny C was the MC for the evening
Radio 1’s Danny C was the MC for the evening(15/18)
Johannes Siebert, managing director, BMW Group Middle East took two awards home
Johannes Siebert, managing director, BMW Group Middle East took two awards home(16/18)
The wheels team, Mariam Hozefa, Sony Thomas, Imran Malik, Amit Benjamin, Mikaiel Serabian, Kinan Alhabbal and Dejan Jovanovic. Scrub-up rather well, don’t they?
The wheels team, Mariam Hozefa, Sony Thomas, Imran Malik, Amit Benjamin, Mikaiel Serabian, Kinan Alhabbal and Dejan Jovanovic. Scrub-up rather well, don’t they?(17/18)
The Readers’ Choice award was received by Justin Weaving, regional sales director, Jaguar Land Rover, MENA (left) and Salman Sultan PR, media relations and social media manager
The Readers’ Choice award was received by Justin Weaving, regional sales director, Jaguar Land Rover, MENA (left) and Salman Sultan PR, media relations and social media manager(18/18)

The glitzy ceremony held at the Address Hotel Dubai Mall to honour the winners of wheels Car of the Year 2016 was befitting the stature of the longest running automotive awards in the region. From a long list of worthy contenders, the Volvo XC90 was awarded the big prize, the Overall Car of the Year award.

The other winners last year included Mini JCW, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Toyota Land Cruiser, Kia Optima, Jaguar XE, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-AMG C63, Ford Mustang GT, Mercedes-AMG GT S, McLaren 570S, Ferrari 488 GTB and the Jaguar XF.

As has always been the case, the evening was graced by the most important people from the car industry. Well, if you think that was as good as it can get, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to make the next one even bigger and better.

Roll of honour

BEST COMPACT:MAZDA 2

BEST HOT HATCH:MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS

BEST CROSSOVER:HYUNDAI TUCSON

BEST PREMIUM CROSSOVER:MERCEDES-BENZ GLC

BEST SUV:TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

BEST PREMIUM SUV:VOLVO XC90

BEST SALOON:KIA OPTIMA

BEST EXECUTIVE SALOON:JAGUAR XE

BEST LUXURY SALOON:BMW 7 SERIES

BEST SPORTS SALOON:MERCEDES-AMG C 63

BEST COUPÉ:FORD MUSTANG GT

BEST GRAND TOURER:MERCEDES-AMG GT S

BEST SPORTSCAR:McLAREN 570S

BEST SUPERCAR:FERRARI 488 GTB

READERS’ CHOICE:JAGUAR XF

CAR OF THE YEAR:VOLVO XC90