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Auto Awards: The best cars of 2012

Last updated on: February 13, 2013 11:49 IST

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Last year was tough for auto industry as the sales dwindle. Car makers had to push the envelope to attract buyers.

There were face-lifted cars that packed more features and were available nearly at the same price as their earlier avatars.

Some targeted segments that were unserved. Mahindra and Renault came up with their sport utility vehicles (SUVs) XUV 500 and Duster respectively that fit perfectly between entry-level utility vehicles and premium SUVs.

To know the cars that caught the fancy of buyers and enthusiasts, CarDekho asked its visitors to vote for their favourite machines in 10 different categories including hatchbacks, sedans, multi utility vehicles, sports utility vehicles, luxury cars and even the best manufacturer.

A total of 329,434 visitors casted their votes to select the winners in each category. Here are the cars selected by enthusiasts and owners.

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Popular Hatchback

With an incredibly large number of votes for the 'Most Popular Hatchback' category, the car that has won the title by accumulating a major percentage of them is Hyundai i10.

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Popular Premium Hatchback

Meanwhile, in the category of 'Most Popular Premium Hatchback', it was Maruti Suzuki Swift that claimed the title, gathering the maximum number of votes in the section.

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Popular Sedan

When it came to the 'Most Popular Sedan' segment, Hyundai Fluidic Verna came out as the winner, claiming most of the votes cast in its segment.

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Best Sedan

In the 'Best Sedan 2012' section, out of the huge amount of votes polled, a significantly large number were given solely to the incredible Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, crowing it as the champion.

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Popular SUV

Amongst the SUVs, a segment which is getting increasingly popular day-by-day, the dynamic Mahindra XUV500 was chosen as the 'Most Popular SUV'.

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Best SUV

At the same time, the award for the 'Best SUV 2012' went to Renault Duster, when, out of the countless votes polled for this section, a major portion was dedicated to it.

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Popular UV

As far as the Utility Vehicles are concerned, Toyota Innova bagged the title of the 'Most Popular UV' by garnering the highest number of votes in this category.

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Popular Luxury Car

With every ride just as enticing as the next, the 'Most Popular Luxury Car' segment was probably the most difficult category to vote for. But after gathering the largest number of votes in its category, BMW 6 Series Coupe came out as the clear winner.

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Best Luxury Car

Similar difficulties were faced by the voters with the 'Best Luxury Car 2012' category as well, where they finally crowned the stunning Land Rover Range Rover Evoque as the champion.

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Best Manufacturer

After the various segments of cars that the Indian car bazaar offers, when it came to selecting the best manufacturer responsible for bringing these fabulous rides to the market, the country chose Maruti Suzuki.

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