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The Grand Prix

2023

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JUDGE FOR YOURSELF

WE INVITE TO THE JURY

YOU WILL CHOOSE THE MODELS WHICH WILL RECEIVE THE GRAND PRIX “DRIVING”.

AS A GIFT - THREE CARS

The magazine “Driving” continues to collect the largest, most demanding and competent - reading - jury. Dear judges, it is up to you to decide which cars are worthy of the Golden Pegasus - Grand Prix “At the wheel”. By the way, this year the powers of the referee have been significantly expanded!

In the previous March issue, a full catalog of cars on the Russian market was published; in this issue - its abridged version, a list of models with numbers that you will need to fill out the table. We included cars in the catalog that can already be bought from authorized dealers, and some of those that will go on sale in the near future and have already been tested in the ZR tests.

Cars are divided into classes based on the European system. The small class includes cars up to 3900 mm long, the compact class - up to 4400 mm, the middle class cars - up to 4700 mm long, and the business and luxury classes - over 4700 mm, differing in status, equipment and price. In the classification, as is customary in Europe, they took as a basis a basic model - a hatchback (of course, if one exists). As in the last year’s catalog, the current one has classes of all-terrain vehicles (four-wheel drive vehicles with increased ground clearance), mini-vans (capacity more than 6 people), as well as coupes and convertibles.

This year, the editors again hold a competition in six classes: four cars (from small to business class); Among the popular and especially widely represented in our market off-road vehicles; finally, in a not-so-large yet sprawling class of minivans. The two remaining classes, luxury cars and coupes with convertibles, complement the picture of the entire Russian market, being present outside the competition.

We remind you the essence of the contest. In each of the six classes, we nominate four cars for the Grand Prix “At the Wheel”. The first is the objective market leader, the model that sold the largest circulation in 2005. The second candidate for Golden Pegasus was chosen by those who voted on our website on the Internet - www.zr.ru. We just arranged the cars with the most votes by class. The third model, based on the prospects for the market - the ability to influence it, to squeeze the sales leaders, - put forward the editorial board “At the wheel”. We also took into account the novelty, design excellence, price-quality ratio for this class.

And, finally, the fourth nominee should be chosen by you, dear readers, from the catalog in the March issue of ZR or from the list in this issue, guided by your sympathies, knowledge, and experience. So, in each of the six classes you have to name your fourth candidate for the Grand Prix and add it to the three that we have proposed. Then, having carefully studied the detailed instructions below for the questionnaire, choose from among four applicants a model that will become the winner and will receive the Golden Pegasus in August. Recall that all these cars participated in the tests “Driving”, therefore, having familiarized yourself with our publications, you may well form an opinion about them. Believe me, it is important for both us and the manufacturers.

It remains to fill in the table, the questionnaire on the back and, having put the page in the envelope, send it to the editor.

YOU ARE NOT MISSING A CHANCE! FILL IN THE QUESTIONS, SEND THEM TO THE EDITOR!

AMONG THE JURY MEMBERS WE WILL PLAY THREE CARS!

ATTENTION: THE EDITOR WILL ACCOUNT TABLES SENT NOT LATER

JULY 15!

CARS - FOR READERS!

Any of you, having decided to become a member of the jury, has a chance to win a car. Which one? Here is another surprise - YOU CHOOSE YOUR PRIZES YOURSELF!

This year, readers will receive

THREE CARS

become winners in

SMALL, COMPACT and MIDDLE !

Today we present only nine cars, each of which has a chance to become a winner and, accordingly, a prize. We remind you that you should fill up this list by nominating your candidates for the Grand Prix. Cars nominated by you can also be winners of the contest, and therefore prizes.

So, having correctly completed and timely submitted tables and questionnaires to the editorial office, you will not only become members of the national jury and select applicants for the Grand Prix “At the Wheel”, but also three prizes! Any reader who has sent a questionnaire to the editorial office can win the car.

CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE

NOMINANTS FOR 2006 GRAND PRIX

SMALL CLASS

Last year’s best seller in this class is Oka. But already in the spring ZMA in Naberezhnye Chelny will stop production of the machine, whose main (and, perhaps, the only) advantage is now the price. Therefore, the editorial board "At the wheel", respecting the car itself, decided to exclude the outgoing model from the list of nominees.

The first place in sales among foreign cars was taken in 2005 by the Hyundai Getz, the owner of the Grand Prix of the previous year. More than 15 thousand cars were sold. By the way, Goetz became the first in the class when voting on the Internet. Since after him, visitors to our site called the pretty, relatively inexpensive Chevrolet Aveo, and he became the second nominee.

And the third edition put forward "Lada Kalina." You can evaluate this car in different ways. But it is difficult to deny his chances to become one of the leaders in sales this year.

COMPACT CLASS

In 2005, the Lada-110 family was the leader in the class most popular in Russia, with a circulation of almost 224 thousand copies.

The second nominee was nominated by those who voted on the Internet: this is Ford Focus, the owner of the Grand Prix “Driving” last year. The key to its success was Russian production (patriotism is not alien to the respondents) and a strong market position.

The third challenger, “Behind the Wheel,” was offered by the Mitsubishi Lancer. In 2005, they sold more than 39 thousand cars. The increase compared with 2004 is almost 2.5 times. Obviously, in 2006, a model popular on the Russian market will strengthen its position, which will be facilitated by recent modernization, and will seriously compete with the all-Volga Ford Focus.

MIDDLE CLASS

Spacious, reliable, inexpensive for its class - a portrait of the 2005 leader Hyundai Elantra (11.7 thousand cars sold).

Last year, the model, which, incidentally, received a new 1.8 liter engine, was also a nominee, but did not win. Maybe she’s more lucky now?

Visitors to our site gave preference to the updated Mazda-6 in the summer of 2005. The car is really successful, with a good price-quality ratio.

The third nominee, Audi A4, is an example of a modern, high-tech design. It was this model that first of all provided the German company with good results of Russian sales last year. By the way, those who voted on the Internet also praised the Bavarian Quartet.

BUSINESS CLASS

Despite the fact that Volga’s sales decreased compared to 2004, it remains the leader of the class (more than 51 thousand units). Thus, skipping one class, domestic cars will return to the number of nominees.

Voters on our website on the Internet put forward a model that took second place in 2005 - Toyota Camry. Its sales, by the way, grew by a third. Incidentally, the machine of the last generation, presented at the exhibition in Detroit at the beginning of the year, is planned for release in Russia, at the plant under construction in Shushary.

The third edition nominee named the debutant of the past year - Volkswagen Passat. Considerably grown in size, a respected model of a thoroughly brought modern design, respected in Russia, proved to be excellent in our tests.

SUV

In a class popular in Russia, like a year ago, Chevrolet Niva is in the lead (sold about 54 thousand), although demand for it has somewhat fallen. By the way, she made a significant contribution to the overall fairly high sales figures of Chevrolet. "Niva" is already well known in the market, but the new off-road vehicles, which started only in the second half of 2005, compete with it. In the Internet voting, the first place was taken by UAZ Patriot. This is a big advance for a large all-terrain car from Ulyanovsk, sales of which are only gaining momentum.

Good characteristics, attractive price-quality ratio prompted us to nominate for the Grand Prix of Suzuki Grand Vitara, the 2005 debutant. Japanese SUV is increasingly found on Russian roads.

MINI VENES

This class in Russia, unlike Western Europe, is not yet very popular, but interest in it is growing. Recall that in our catalog cars with more than six seats were included in it.

The leader of 2005 is KIA Carnival, a spacious and relatively inexpensive car manufactured by Kaliningrad Avtotor. Last year 1599 cars were assembled, which is a lot for this class.

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