Every year we strive to outdo our previous Car of the Year awards ceremony and it’s safe to say we’ve raised the bar yet again. This year’s event, held at the glorious Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah, had all of the key players of the UAE’s motoring industry in attendance, with members of the public joining us in the celebrations for the first time. We also played a fascinating video that we created in-house starring the wheels team and a clutch of well-known guest judges introducing the whole selection process, and introduced a brand new award along with the existing categories.

Our Car of the Year accolade, as you know, went to the BMW M2 after it had scored 15 points (head to wheels.ae for a breakdown of the votes) and it also scooped the Best Coupé award. Taking to the stage to collect both trophies was a very delighted Johannes Seibert, managing director, BMW Group Middle East. He was more than happy to pose for photos with the nimble two-door that made a surprise entry driven by guest judge and supercar vlogger Alex Hirschi.

He wasn’t the only one up on stage twice on the night; the Panamera Turbo and 718 Boxster convertible also won awards for Porsche and Lee Newton, marketing director, Porsche Middle East was all smiles with the haul.

The Readers’ Choice is always a well-contested affair and it was the Toyota Fortuner that emerged as the people’s favourite and Suzan Kazzi, head of communications, Al-Futtaim Motors, was only too happy to collect the trophy.

This year, we gave wheels readers a second chance to have their say and this time it was to select their favourite My Wheels Car of the Year. With some fabulous rides featured in the magazine such as John Raby’s awesome Cadillac and Fares Makarem’s fabulous C7 Corvette, it was Mukesh M Mansukhani’s 1967 Ford Mustang that won the prize. With thousands of you voting for your favourite, you can rest assured that this new category will feature again next year.

 It’s been a chaotic few months getting the event together, but it wouldn’t have been possible at all without Mobil 1 stepping in as our main sponsor. A massive thanks to them, all of our guests and, of course, you, our readers who inspire us to do this.

Next year’s bash will have to be extra special to top this one and preparations are already under way. But hey, we’re wheels — you can expect more magic from us then.

Roll of honour

1- City car of the year
Chevrolet Spark

2- Hot hatch of the year
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

3- Family saloon of the year
Kia Cadenza

4- Executive saloon of the year
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

5- Sports saloon of the year
Porsche Panamera Turbo

6- Luxury saloon of the year
Audi S8 Plus

7- Crossover of the year
Ford Edge

8- Luxury crossover of the year
Jaguar F-Pace

9- SUV of the year
Nissan Patrol Nismo

10- Luxury SUV of the year
Bentley Bentayga

11- Coupé of the year
BMW M2

12- Convertible of the year
Porsche 718 Boxster

13- GT of the year
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

14- Sportscar of the year
McLaren 540C

15- Supercar of the year
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

16- Readers’ Choice
Toyota Fortuner

17- My wheels of the year
Mukesh’s 1967 Mustang

18- Car of the year
BMW M2