It all started back in 2007, when senior and eminent journalists from all the leading automobile magazines in India got together and decided to create and confer the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) award.
This award is an expert and independent judgment of the best new motorcycle. The highly experienced jury members are responsible for selecting a single decisive winner, and the voting process has been designed to be very fair and tamper-proof. Criteria like price, fuel-efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and suitability for Indian riding conditions are particularly important factors while deciding on the winner.
IMOTY is the most credible and coveted Indian two-wheel award, and is often referred to as the ‘Oscar’ of the Indian automotive industry. JK Tyre has been a proud sponsor of the grand award ceremonies right from the inception of the award.
The Hero Xpulse 200 took home the 2020 Indian Motorcycle of the Year title in what can only be described as the closest fight in the history of IMOTY! Challenged for the 2020 IMOTY crown by the likes of the Benelli Imperiale 400, Hero Xtreme 200S, Honda CB300R, Jawa Forty-Two, KTM 125 Duke, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and the Yamaha MT-15, the Xpulse 200 scored a total of 74 points, edging ahead of the Honda CB 300R by a single point to clinch the top spot. The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 came in a close third with 66 points. On behalf of the IMOTY 2020 jury, Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, presented the IMOTY 2020 trophy to Mr Pawan Munjal (MD, Chairman & CEO - Hero MotoCorp).