Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2020 goes to..
Hero Xpulse 200 took home the 2020 Indian Motorcycle of the Year title in what can be described as the “closest fight” in the history of IMOTY.
Hero XPulse 200, an adventure tourer launched by Hero Moto Corp in May 2019 has been awarded the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) 2020. The Xpulse 300 scored 74 points leaving behind Honda CB300R just by a point.
Honda CB300R scored 73 points in tests. Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and the Yamaha MT-15 were on the third and fourth position with Gixxer scoring 66 points. Other motorcycles that were in the race for the award were Benelli Imperiale 400, Hero Xtreme 200S, Honda CB300R, Jawa Forty-Two, KTM 125 Duke, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and Yamaha MT-15.
JK Tyre & Industries Limited’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr Raghupati Singhania presented the award to Pawan Munjal, MD, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp on behalf of IMOTY. According to IMOTY, it was the closest fight in its history for the title.
Apart from the capabilities of the bikes, they get scored on the basis of price, fuel-efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money and suitability for riding conditions in India.
The Eligibility Criteria:
Existing motorcycles that have received a big update don't qualify for the award. Also, the bike should be manufactured or assembled in India. It should be on sale before 30th November of the previous year and should have been approved by Indian standards. Bikes imported through CBU (Completely Built Unite) are not eligible for the award.
The Voting Process:
The award is decided with the help of voting points given by each of the jury members. Each member has a maximum 25 points but only 10 points can be awarded to one of the motorcycles. The contending motorcycles should be given at least 5 points.
IMOTY was started in 2007 by experienced two-wheeler journalists in India. This award is an expert and independent judgment of the best new motorcycle of the year.