An impressive vision was accompanied by an important ceremony – the mid-term finalization of the "Lithuanian Year of 2019" election. At the press conference seven of the best cars were announced and candidates for other nominations were announced. The final, which will reveal the winners of "Lietuvos metų automobilis 2019" and other nominations, will be held on November 29th. in the evening
The following models (in alphabetical order) entered the "Lithuanian Year of the 2019": BMW X2, Ford Focus, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 508, Volkswagen Touareg.
Applicants – from the cheapest to the most expensive
Applicants for additional nominations (all listed also in alphabetical order):
SUV Year: SsangYong Rexton, Suzuki Jimny, Volkswagen Touareg.
For design: Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz Class A, Peugeot 508.
Year of the wheel: Rock Baciuks, Antanas Juknevičius, Vaidotas Zala.
Annual Innovation: Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan LEAF.
Neste's Safest Brake: BMW X5, Dacia Duster, Suzuki Swift Sport.
Family car: Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Rifter, Honda C-RV, Kia Ceed SW.
The most sporty car: BMW X2, Ford Focus, Suzuki Swift Sport.
Business class: Audi A6, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg.
Interestingly enough, there were very different cars among the candidates for numerous nominations. For example, in the brake test, if the fast-paced machine could be stopped, Dacia Duster (the cheapest base price model), the BMW X5 (the most expensive election car) and the Suzuki sports hatchback Swift Sport.
There are several tests before making a decision
Of the 33 selected cars for the best in different categories, it's not a simple job. The journalists' committee, consisting of Linas Butkus, Ramūnas Fetingis, Renaldas Gabartas, Mindaugas Grinius, Dainius Leonavičius, Vitoldas, Jurgis Paplaitis, Dina Sergijenko, Ilona Steponėne and Valdas Valiukevičius, is supported by experts from various fields.
Most of the cars featured in this year's polls were also tested by a suspension specialist. We are the word-drive dynamics Domas Zinkevicius, designer Tomas Jankauskas, Telia Telecommunication Technology Specialist, scientists at the Gediminas Technical University of Vilnius (VGTU) Autoplius "and other specialists from various fields.
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The cars were tested on the Peak Point off road platform, the brake test, autonomous braking tests, the acceleration test, the Panevėžys Labor Market Training Center on the ski slopes and the main test camp took place at Druskininkai, they gathered all the members of the commission and a few days later one after another trying out all the electoral cars.
The characteristics of the control, acceleration and comfort of cars are strongly influenced by fuel and tires. When choosing the "Lithuanian Year of the 2019 Car", the influence of these criteria is minimal, as all participants have a Continental winter tires manufacturer and their tanks are filled with Neste fuel.