WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS: 2009 Jurors



MIKE ALLEN
United States

Associate automotive editor: Popular Mechanics magazine

Mike Allen has been the associate automotive editor at Popular Mechanics since 1986. He's the magazine's test driver for instrumented testing for all comparison tests and writes extensively about automotive maintenance and repair. Reviews of new cars, light trucks and motorcycles, as well as additional feature writing, also fill his days. Allen started his automotive career as a freelancer and spent several years at Sandy Corporation, a training and consulting firm in Troy, Michigan. A Michigan native, he attended Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Graduating from Michigan State, Allen was an active autocrosser and amateur sports car racer active in Porsche Club and SCCA. His racing career brought him to SCCA and IMSA professional racing licenses, driving stints in more than a dozen endurance races and an overall win in the Nelson Ledges 24-hours, as well as 11 world land speed records.



CARLOS ALBERTO ANGIÓ
Argentina

Director :Mega Autos Magazine, MegaNews (The only Newspaper about the Automotive Industry)

Dealer owner (Family Group) for past 40 years with Ford, General Motors, and Volkswagen.



BAKUR AZHER
Saudi Arabia

Founder, Publisher & Editor-in Chief, Azher Information Technology Group

Bakur Azher is a BS graduate from the University of Oregon. He established his publication career in 1991 with Saudi Auto Magazine which has since grown to be the most respected and leading motoring magazine in the Arab World.

Saudi Auto was the pioneer in the Arab world to initiate the Car of the Year Awards. He is a regular invitee to major car launches and auto shows around the world.

Currently, his publishing house produces seven titles consisting of ‘Saudi Auto’, ‘Arabian Woman’, ‘Arabian Man’, Haute Couture’, Auto Deal, Arabian Traveler, and Arabian Woman in Arabic.



NAT BARNES
England

Motoring Editor, Daily and Sunday Express

Nat Barnes also contributes on a freelance basis to numerous other publications and websites including 4Car, Fifth Gear online, Car magazine, Auto Express and other consumer titles.

In addition to motoring, Nat also specialises in health and fitness journalism for numerous magazines and also undertakes more general feature writing.



LUC BAZIZIN
France

Reporter - France 2 TV

Luc Bazizin is a reporter for a number of TV shows on France's TV network "France 2". Some of the shows he contributes to are: Journal de chroniques Automobiles, "Télé matin " and "Au bout du compte".

In addition, he is also the special events reporter for the prime time show "Envoyé Spécial".

He is also "chef de service" for the programme "Au Service Economie", again on France 2 TV.



PHIL BERG
United States

Contributor: AutoWeek, Road & Track Buyers Guides, Car Collector, Automobile Quarterly, Maxim, Garage Style, New Car Test Drive, TheCarConnection.com, Popular Science, UltimateGarages.net, American Dr





MARIA BRANDL
Austria

Motoring Co-Editor, Kurier newspaper

Maria Brandl is a University of Graz and Paris translation and journalism graduate and started her career as a translater for a metallurgical group in Austria.

In 1986 she began her writing career. Since 1995 she has been co-editor of the weekly motoring-supplement of the nationwide newspaper Kurier.

She is specialised in new technologies and alternative powertrains.





PETER BURGESS
England

Editor-in-chief: Motoring Research editorial agency. Contributor: MSN, Car, Auto Express

Peter Burgess runs Motoring Research Ltd in the UK, an editorial agency specializing in motoring magazine and web site content. He is editor of the UK Car Catalogue, editor-in-chief of the Daily Express World Car Guide and chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers in the UK.



FERNANDO CARRION
Mexico

Contributor: Motorpress Televisa, Automovil magazine

Fernando Carrión is originally from Spain where he was a journalist and test driver for the Spanish weekly magazine “Motor16”.

In 2003, he became the Editor-in-Chief and racing test driver for the Spanish monthly motor sport magazine “maxiAUTOSPORT”; a position that he held until this year.

During this five year period, Fernando wrote articles for several of the magazines belonging to the Motorpress Group, e.g. “Autopista”, “Coche Actual”, “Automóvil” and o “Motor Clásico”.

A few months ago he accepted the offer of the Motorpress Gruoup to come to México to lead “Automóvil Paramericano”, one of the most read Spanish language car magazines in the world.

He also contributes to Motorpress-Televisa in Mexico.






JOOSIK CHOI
Korea

Autocar Korea, Editor-in-Chief

In 1992 Joo-sik Choi became an automotive journalist in Korea. After
successfully leading Carvision and Carlife magazines as their Editor-in-chief, he has now taken the helm as Editor in Chief of Autocar Korea, the Korean edition of the British Autocar.

He is also co-editor of The Fifty Year History of Cars in Korea (published by Korea Automobile Industry Association) and a contributor to the 100 Year Footprint of Korea Transportation (published by Korea Transportation Institute). His contributions have played an important role in systematizing the automobile history in Korea. He actively participates as member-manger in the Korea Car Culture Forum, a group of opinion leaders in within the Korean automotive industry.

Joo-sik Choi is also the author of a book entitled "The 20th Century Cars at A Glance".




ROBERT COLLIN
Sweden

Staff writer: Aftonblade

Robert Collin is a journalism graduate who began his career writing for all types of newspapers and magazines before specializing in automotive journalism beginning in 1984. He wrote about cars for the Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld from 1984 to 1998. He is best known for his campaign to force Mercedes to withdraw their A-Class car from the market so that the chassis could be redone, and ESP added, before starting to sell the car again. Collin won Sweden's top journalist prize in 1998 as a result of his article on the Mercedes car. Collin has been writing for Sweden's leading daily newspaper Aftonblade since 1999.



BRIAN COWAN
New Zealand

Editor-at-large: Autocar

New Zealand-born Brian Cowan began his working career as a civil engineer but a life-long passion with motorcycles saw him begin to write part time about bikes in the late 1960s, taking the plunge into full-time freelance journalism in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Cowan lost a fight with a truck (and his right arm) in 1977, but stayed in motorcycle journalism, editing "Two Wheels" magazine for several years. Returning to New Zealand in the mid-1980s, he shifted emphasis to cars and trucks. A former editor of "New Zealand Autocar," he is currently associate editor of "New Zealand Truck & Driver," writes an auto column for several regional newspapers and contributes regularly to international automotive technical magazines, including "Engine Technology International," "Testing Technology International" and "Vehicle Dynamics International." He is a former president of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild and has won several Qantas media awards for automotive journalism.



XAVIER DAFFE
Belgium

Editor-in-Chief, Le Moniteur Automobile

After graduating in media relations in 1991, Daffe began writing road test reviews for the French magazine «Action Auto-Moto». He was then hired by Moniteur Automobile in Belgium to produce their buyers’ guide. He then became a regular road-tester and eventually took over as Editor in Chief of the magazine in March 2006.





MATT DAVIS
Italy

Director, Steering CommitteeWinding Road, European Car (U.S.); Auto Express, UK International Press (U.K.); Genroq (Japan); Expressen (Sweden); Gente Motori (Italy); et al.

So far as auto enthusiast publications go, Matt Davis remains the only American correspondent living and working in Europe. He contributes regularly to Winding Road in the United States (www.windingroad.com) as European Editor and can count some 20 additional publications around the world as frequent clients. He has also written books on various car subjects, particularly in the areas of design and designers. He calls northern Italy home.




PADRAIC DEANE
Ireland

Publisher/ Managing Editor, Automotive Publications

Deane is the Irish juror for the International Engine of the Year awards and is the Irish Motoring Writers Association Secretary. He is also a juror for the Irish Car of the Year Awards, the Irish Van of the Year and the Irish SUV of the Year.

In addition to his key role in Ireland's largest automotive publisher, Deane us a regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines, radio as well as Ireland's top automotive industry web sites, e.g. www.autopub.ie.

Deane writes a weekly syndicated consumer motoring column in sixteen regional newspapers. He has eighteen years experience as a professional automotive journalist.





BAO QING DONG
China

Editor-in-Chief, Auto Magazine

Mr. Dong has been in the news media publishing business for over twenty years. Since 1996, he has been working for various media organizations, including Deputy Supervisor at Guanzhong Daily Newspaper's Business Section, News Supervisor of Zhujiang News Centre, Deputy Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Guanzhong Morning Post and Editor-in-Chief at Science Herald.

In 2002, he became the CEO of Dayoo.com. He joined CAR MAGAZINE and served as Editor-in-Chief in 2003.




XIA DONG
China

Chief Editor of Auto, Motor and Sport

Xia Dong began his automotive career working for Mercedes and then Ferrari as sales manager. He became an automotive journalist in 1999 working for the Chinese edition of Auto Motor Und Sport. Shortly thereafter he and a team of journalists created two Chinese car magazines, China Auto Pictorial and Cars For You. They now produce an annual Auto Catalogue highlighting the "best new" vehicles. In addition, Dong founded, in 2001, the Chinese Car of the Year Awards.



EZRA DYER
United States

Contributor: Automobile, Esquire, New York Times

Ezra Dyer writes a humor column for the Improper Bostonian Magazine, whose staff he joined in 2000.

The following year, he contributed his first piece to Automobile Magazine, and these days he's a regular contributor to Automobile, Esquire and the New York Times.

He lives in Boston, where he has an off-street parking spot, don't you worry.



THOMAS GEIGER
Germany

Contributor, Welt am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung, Deutsche Presse Agentur, Der Spiegel (on-line).

For more then 10 years, Geiger is kept busy with regular road tests, press launches. In addition to his new car reviews, he also writes about design, new technologies, sustainable mobility, and customer service amongst other topics.



LEONID GOLOVANOV
Russia

Contributor: Auto Review Magazine

Leonid Golovanov, born in Moscow in 1968, joined automotive journalism in 1995 as reporter of russian automotive newspaper Autoreview. Now, 10 years later, he still stays with Autoreview - now as deputy editor responsible for road tests, crash-tests and special technical issues. In year 2000 awarded as the best automotive journalist in Russia.



PAUL GOVER
Australia

National Motoring Editor, News Limited

Paul Gover is one of Australia's most senior motoring and motorsport writers and commentators, with a 30-year history in automotive journalism.

He has worked as a newspaper reporter, motoring magazine editor and in public relations, as well as commentating on motoring issues for both radio and television.

Gover is currently the National Motoring Editor for News Limited in Australia, a position which gives him oversight of the daily motoring content in the country's largest group of daily newspapers. The total daily readership of the News Limited papers is in excess of 8 million. In addition to his writing, the 53-year- old is also a successful race and rally driver who has won a national production car championship and raced a V8 Supercar at the legendary Bathurst circuit.





ALEJANDRO GUILBERT PASTRANA
Mexico

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TDA Todo de Autos

TDA is one of Mexico's favorite magazines with two monthly editions: one digial and the other printed. The web site is: www.tododeautos.com.mx.

Alejandro Guilbert has spent the last 15 years writing about test drives, new models, the environment, concepts / prototypes as well as new technologies.

He is director for a life style magazine entitled Q&A Question and Answers. He is also a regular contributor to a radio show called Visión Automotriz and TV Show Motor TV

Generally speaking, he conducts and publishes four or five road tests per month in Mexico. His road-tests are also published in other Spanish speaking countries.

Guilbert is a member and director in México for the FIPA “Federación Interamericana de Periodistas Automotrices”




GREG KABLE
Germany

(AutoCar UK, AutoWeek USA, Motor - Australia, Sydney Morning Herald Australia, Melbourne Age Australia, Car Top Japan, Motoring Singapore, Car Taiwan)





YASUHIKO KAWAMURA
Japan

Contributor: Car and Driver (Japan), Autoc One, Motor Magazine, Motor Fan, Rosso, Web Car Graphic

A graduate of the mechanical engineering department of Japan's Kogakuin University, Kawamura is one of the country's most highly regarded motoring journalists. Starting out as a news editor with Motor Fan magazine in the early 80s, he soon left to become a freelance writer. Over the next 20 years, he developed a no-nonsense, intelligent and witty style that is a much sought after commodity in the local industry. He is rather partial to German metal and owns a Porsche Cayman S and a VW Lupo GTI, and votes on the Japan Car of the Year jury panel.



YOSHIHIRO KIMURA
Germany

Contributor: Auto Motor und Sport, Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung newspaper, Japan's Motor, Le Volant, Car Top, Car Graphic and Driver

Based in Germany for over 20 years, Japanese journalist Yoshihiro Kimura is one of the industry's most influential personalities. A graduate of Tokyo's St. Paul University and the Academy or Art College in Stuttgart, German-speaking Kimura contributes to Auto Motor und Sport and the Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung newspaper, in addition to Japan's Motor, Le Volant, Car Top, Car Graphic and Driver. He also works as a much sought-after translator for BMW's Fascination magazine and Freude am Fahren, as well as Maybach History.




RENUKA KIRPALANI
India

Editor and Host, UTVi TV

Renuka Kirpalani was editor and host of the CNBC TV 18’s award-winning Auto Show since its inception in 2003 until 2007. She shifted over to UTVi channel (which has an alliance with ABC news) in April 2008 to launch an all-new TV programme on cars and bikes.

Renuka is constantly traveling the globe, testing new cars both for the international and domestic market. She is also a Jury member for the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) awards and the Autocar Awards which are considered the Oscars of the Indian automobile Industry.

Renuka had a successful career in Motorsport in India from 1988 to 1994 , and was National Champion in 1994. She learned about the world of automobiles working with her father one of the top tuners in the country.







JAMIE KITMAN
United States

Top Gear (UK) - US Editor; Automobile Magazine - New York Bureau Chief

In addition to the above responsibilities, Kitman also contributes to GQ, the New York Times and other publications, and is a frequent presence on American and British radio and TV.

A lawyer by training and member of the New York and New Jersey bars, as well as president of the Hornblow Group USA, Inc., a music management concern, his report on the history of lead in gasoline, which appeared in The Nation, won the IRE medal for investigative magazine reporting and is the subject of a book he is writing for Simon & Schuster.

A frequent judge at concours events, Kitman admits to owning more than 18 old cars, including three Lancias, a couple of Alfa Romeos and Colin Chapman's personal Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. II.



JORGE KOECHLIN
United States

Contributor, AutoMundo





WANG KUN
China

Editor-in-Chief, AUTOCAR and F1 Racing China magazines

Wang Kun is one of the youngest editors in the car magazine industry in China.

He joined “Car For You” Magazine in 2003 as an automotive journalist.

Two years later, he became the Editorial Director for “China Auto Pictorial”.

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief at “AUTOCAR” and “F1 Racing China” since 2007




ALESSANDRO LAGO
Italy

Omni Auto

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PETER LYON
Japan

Co-Chair, Steering Committee
Japan-based contributor to Edmunds Insideline, Auto Bild, Auto Express, Herald Sun, Quattroruote, Motor magazine, Evo, Holiday Auto, Best Car, Automotive Testing, Auto

Entering his 22nd year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide, including America's Edmunds Insideline, Britain's Auto Express, Italy's Quattroruote and Germany's Auto Bild. As a fluent speaker and writer of Japanese, he writes for several of Japan's most influential automotive publications such as Best Car, Engine and Holiday Auto magazines. Regarded as the most prolific bilingual automotive writer and translator in the country, he has translated books on Bridgestone Motorsport, writes for Sony's Gran Turismo, and races a Mazda MX-5 in the local one-make series. In addition to his position as WCOTY juror and Co-chair, he also votes on the jury panel for the Japan Car of the Year and the International Engine of the Year awards. Having had a soft spot for British cars since before he can remember, he finally got his hands on a Sherwood Green Jaguar XJ8 in the summer of 2005, one of the last Jaguars made by Jaguar.




GERRY MALLOY
Canada

Co-Chair, Steering Committee
Contributor: Toronto Star, Canadian Auto Dealer, MSN Autos (Canada)

After more than 20 years as an automotive test and development engineer, Gerry Malloy turned his hand to automotive journalism. In his 14 years as such, he has become Canada's only three-time Automotive Journalist of the Year, and has won several other awards for his writing. While his passions are automotive history and technology, his work covers the full range of the automotive spectrum, including new car and truck previews and reviews, racing and safety and environmental issues. He also played a major role in the continued development of the Canadian Car of the Year awards program over a 10-year period.



MARCO MARELLI
Italy

Gente Motori, La Stampa newspaper, and Auto & Fuoristrada

Marco began his career in freelance before he started working in Motorsport (F.1, F.Indy, Rally) in PR. In 1992, Marco began workeing for such newspapers as Il Gazzettino, Il Tempo and magazines Auto Oggi and Rombo.

In 1999 Marco Al Volante, italian magazine. Currently Marco works for Gente Motori and Auto & Fuoristrada as Capo Redattore. Marco is a member of the Italian Automotive Journalist Association.



HIDESHI MATSUDA
Japan

Contributor: Best Car, Holiday Auto, Motor Magazine, Navi, J’s Tipo, Car Sensor, Xacar, Genroq, Response

Matsuda's ability to evaluate new cars and technology to such an in- depth degree is drawn from over two decades of top level motor racing experience. As one of a handful of Japanese drivers to have raced in both Indy 500 and Le Mans, he has also raced open-wheelers and touring cars, and currently pilots a Ferrari in Japan's Super GT300 class series. While he may be exceptionally quick on the race track, he is highly respected in the industry as a motor journalist with rare insight into the intricacies of handling and performance. He also works as a guest TV commentator for the Japan round of America's IRL series and votes on the jury panel of Japan's Car of the Year award.



JOHN MCCORMICK
United States

Contributor: Detroit News, Consumers Digest, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Top Gear, Die Welt, Automobil Produktion

British-born John McCormick came to the United States in 1986 to join AutoWeek magazine after four years as deputy editor of Britain's prestigious CAR magazine. McCormick moved from AutoWeek to Ward's Auto World and then became an independent auto writer in 1992.

Today, McCormick is one of the leading United States-based international automotive writers, contributing to publications in every major market around the world. In Europe, McCormick contributes to leading consumer automotive newspapers and magazines in every major market - Top Gear in the UK, Die Welt and Auto Zeitung in Germany, L'Automobile in France, Gente Motori in Italy and Autopista in Spain. In the Pacific Rim region, McCormick is the United States editor for Driver magazine in Japan and contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. Widely travelled, McCormick's expertise includes new vehicle evaluation as well as reporting on automotive industry developments, supplier activities, production facilities, personnel and business matters



BILL MCKINNON
Australia

Editor and contributor: Open Road Magazine, Australian New Car Buyer, Australian 4WD and SUV Buyer’s Guide magazines, Australian Consolidated Press (Top Gear Australia magazine), The Royal Automobil

Bill McKinnon has been testing cars and motorcycles for more than 20 years. The early part of his career included editing Australia's major motorcycle magazine, Two Wheels. He then edited, and continues to do so, The Open Road, a motoring/travel magazine with a circulation of 1.5 million.

He was chief road tester for the Sydney Morning Herald from 1995 to 2008. He also continues to test motorcycles, though not often enough.




JENS MEINERS
Germany

Deputy Editor, Automobil Industrie; German Bureau, CARandDRIVER.com

Jens Meiners has covered the automotive industry since 1996. A former law student, he began his career in automotive journalism as editor of the buyer's guide Autosalon. He has since written for a number of newspapers, trade and enthusiast magazines, including Automobil Industrie, Auto Week, Automotive News Europe and Car and Driver. He lives in Northern Bavaria with a growing collection of cars, which includes an Aston Martin Lagonda and a Nissan Skyline GT-R.




PETER NUNN
Japan

Contributor: Car Graphic, Autocar (UK), Wheels, WindingRoad.com, AutoObserver.com, News from JAMA

Peter Nunn lives and works in Tokyo, writing full-time on the Japanese car industry. With Haymarket in the UK (Classic &Sportscar, What Car?) for eight years, then moved to Tokyo in May 1988. Today, contributing regularly to frontline media in Japan, US, Europe, Australia and cyberspace. Member of Japan's Car of the Year judging panel and also votes for International Engine of the Year. Member of the UK Guild of Motoring Writers.



GORO OKAZAKI
Japan

Contributor: Car & Driver (Jpn), CarView, Goods Press, Men’s EX and hosts his own weekly TV show “Goro Okazaki’s Car Talk.”

As the son of one of Japan's most highly respected motoring critics, Hiroshi Okazaki, Goro tells us that he knew more about engine sounds than lullabies by the age of five. Influenced by his father's passion for anything automotive, Goro majored in mechanical engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University before starting work as a motor journalist in the early 90's.

Currently writing for Car&Driver Japan, CarView, Goods Press and Men’s EX, he also presents one of Japan’s rare TV car shows, “Goro Okazaki’s Car Talk” on the Kanagawa TV network.

His in-depth knowledge of the industry, eloquent manner and ability to tell it how it is, has won him many thousands of viewers across the country. He is a Japan COTY juror and a director of the Automotive Journalists’ Association of Japan. Goro’s car of choice is a Porsche 911.



HANNES OOSTHUIZEN
South Africa

Deputy Editor, CAR

A journalism graduate, Oosthuizen joined CAR in 2001 as a staff writer. In the five years since he has progressed to his current position of Deputy Editor. Besides his road testing and other monthly duties, he is tasked with writing CAR's Update section, covering new model introductions and future previews.



KOJI OZAWA
Japan

Contributor: Best Car, Engine, Lapita, webCarGraphic, Smart, Begin, Takarajima, Form, nikkeibp.jp

Ozawa tells us that after he graduated from university, he started working at a certain Japanese carmaker before deciding that the publishing game was his calling. Having completed a short time as an assistant editor at Japan's prestigious Navi magazine, he soon made the switch to freelance 'variety' motor journalist and has never looked back. His slightly off-beat yet always entertaining approach to the discipline sees his services on demand from specialist motoring magazines to lifestyle publications to weekly radio shows. As a judge for Japan's Car of the Year award, Ozawa loves cars, currently owning a 911 Carrera 2, Mini Cooper and a Rolls Royce
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MACIEJ PERTYNSKI
Poland

Contributor: Auto-Moto, Motor

Pertynski's primary area of interest is car history and design. He has been conducting regular road tests of new automobiles since 1995. Before becoming a journalist, Pertynski worked for Renault Poland. He is multilingual and speaks English, German, French, Arabic and Russian in addition to his native Polish.



SCHALK PIENAAR
South Africa

Technical Editor: WIEL Magazine

Schalk is a mechanical engineering graduate and started his career in automotive engine testing and development.

He joined the Afrikaans-language WIEL magazine in 2006.

His current role includes vehicle testing, processing vehicle data and specs, and the writing of road tests and technical articles. He also votes for the International Engine of the Year.





ROBERT PRZYBYLSKI
Poland

Contributor: Rzeczpospolita

Robert Przybylski is a freelance automotive journalist who has been writing about cars since 1992. He began his career as a staff writer for the monthly Motomagazyn and became their deputy editor-in-chief in 1996. He was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1998. In 2002 he moved over to the Rzeczpospolita newspaper where he is staff writer for their automotive section until this day. Przybylski has also contributed to Georgano's Encyclopedia of Cars, Antique Automobile and SAH Journal.



JOHN RETTIE
United States

Contributor: New Car Test Drive (US), Road & Track Buyers Guide, European Car (US), The Car Connection (US), Auto Express (UK), autotrader.com

John Rettie is an internationally renowned British writer and photographer, specializing on automotive topics and high technology, who lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Rettie has managed to pack a wide range of experiences into his career since leaving university 36 years ago.

In 1987, following a two-year stint with Ward's Auto World, he joined J.D. Power and Associates and quickly became editorial director. Between 1990 and 1993 he also wrote a weekly road-test column for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. After nine years at J.D. Power and Associates, John returned to working as an independent writer and photographer in 1997 -- his work appearing in magazines and on web sites all over the world.

Rettie was a member of the jury for the North American Car of the Year award for 13 years and president of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles in 1990, 2004 and 2005.




MILENA RIPELLINO
Italy

Host and Producer, RAI Network

Milena Ripellino has a masters degree in anthropology, after having worked as an art director for several different types of television programs (history, art, documentary and High Definition Sperimental productions).

She is now the author, and the executive producer, of several programs broadcast by the first channel of RAI, the Italian public television network.

Among other programs such as fashion and tourism, seven years ago she created a new program about cars, "EASY DRIVER", which has a new and different approach to the subject "about cars".

In this program the cars are tested and evaluated within the context of their intended use: travel from point A to B.

"Easy Driver" is broadcast every Saturday at 2.00 p.m. after the news.

"Easy Driver" has an audience of three million of people.

Milena Ripellino is now working on the creation of several summer series specials which are shot around the world.




RENAUD ROUBAUDI
France

Contributor: Air France Magazine, l'Optimum, Citizen K, Ideat, l'Expansion Tendances, BFM Radio

Renaud Roubaudi, 40 years old, is a French independant freelance journalist covering the automotive industry for a number of years.

He contributes to many well-known liefstyle magazines such as: Air France Magazine, l'Optimum, Citizen K, Ideat, l'Expansion Tendances, BFM Radio Gout de luxe, as well as the web sites www.buybuy.com, www.jetavenue.com.





MIKE RUTHERFORD
England

Columnist - The Daily Telegraph and Auto Express

Mike Rutherford currently writes weekly motoring columns for The Daily Telegraph, Auto Express (Chief Columnist) and AOL Motoring in the UK.

He also does a monthly column for Motoring and Leisure plus various other features and road tests for The Times, Car and various other newspapers and magazines published in Britain and overseas.

He has been a presenter on Pulling Power on ITV 1 for nine years, presented over 1,000 motoring programmes on national radio, been motoring editor on three national newspapers.

Rutherford is one of the founding fathers of Auto Express which he helped establish and launch in 1988.





GERARD SAUNAL
United Arab Emirates

Publisher and Chief Editor: Sport Auto Magazine

Gerard Saunal is the publisher and chief editor of Sport Auto Magazine since it was established in April 1972.

Mr. Saunal has also been involved in establishing the Middle East Rally Championship, the Jeddah Motor Show (1978), the Riyadh Motor Show (1979), the Cairo Motor Show (1984) the Dubai Motor Show (1986), the Beirut Motor Show (1986), the Sport Auto Car of the Year (since 1980), the Middle East Car of the Year MECOY in association with LBC (Lebanese Broadcasting Company) (2002 & 2003).

Presently, Sport Auto is the leading motoring magazine in the Arab world (18 Arab countries with a circulation of 91350 copies).

Their head office is based in Dubai with two editorial offices respectively in Beirut (Lebanon) and Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).





JIM SCOUTTEN
United States

Contributor: Car and Driver Radio

Jim Scoutten began his career in television with 15 years of general interest broadcast journalism working in TV news as reporter, anchor, producer and news director for stations in Honolulu, Phoenix, Seattle, Savannah, Georgia, and the greater Houston area. In 1991 Scoutten began to contribute freelance automotive reviews to the independent TNN show, Road Test Magazine, which became Motor Trend Television in 1995. In 1999, following the sale of Petersen Publishing to a group of investors, Motor Trend TV seamlessly became Car and Driver Television. Scoutten continued his work as senior producer, primary writer, field reporter and host. In 2003 Scoutten was instrumental in establishing Car and Driver Radio with the series host, Alan Taylor. Scoutten appears regularly on the show series, providing vehicle reviews heard in more than 80 radio markets and on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.



HORMAZD SORABJEE
India

Editor, Autocar India magazine

Hormazd Sorabjee is widely acknowledged as India's most respected automotive journalist. He established Autocar India as the leading and most influential automobile magazine in India. Hormazd began his career with The Indian Auto Journal in 1986 where he pioneered the concept of automotive journalism and road testing in India. Since then, Hormazd has been closely involved with the auto industry and market and his articles have appeared in all major publications in India and abroad. He is considered an authority on the Indian automobile market and is widely quoted by the media. He hosts the very popular 'Auto Selector' section on CNBC channel's 'The Auto Show' to give consumer advice to viewers. Hormazd participated actively in motor sports from 1985-1994. The highlight of his career was overall second place in the gruelling 4,000km Great Desert Himalaya Rally in 1988. He is also the only Indian journalist to have driven a Formula One car.



MICHAEL STAVROPOULOS
Greece

Chief Editor, 4Wheels (4TROXOI) magazine

Michael Stavropoulos began his automotive writing career working for the very magazine where he is now chief Editor. Beginning in 1986, he was their photographer and illustrator in addition to writing car reviews. In 1990, he began working for Auto Motor und Sport as their technical editor; then deputy editor in 1995. He returned to 4Wheels magazine in 2000 as the chief editor - a position that he still holds today.



PERRY STERN
United States

Editor, MSN Autos

Perry Stern's career began as an advisor at a vehicle consulting firm in Seattle 17 years ago. One of the original staff members of CarPoint, Microsoft’s automotive information website that launched in 1995, he originally managed vehicle data and specs for the entire site.

Stern became editor of MSN Autos (formerly named CarPoint) in 2002, which now averages more than eight million unique visitors each month. Stern has also contributed to various MSN properties in Canada, Japan and Europe, as well as to MSNBC.



SAMANTHA STEVENS
Australia

Contributor: Sunday Telegraph, Wheels magazine

Samantha Stevens is Australia’s most prominent female automotive journalist.

She currently works for leading motoring publication Wheels Magazine, and has judged on its Car of the Year program and Automotive Design Awards since 2005.

Samantha is also a TV presenter and web designer, and participates in tarmac rallies in both the driver’s and navigator’s seat.









JASON VOGEL
Brazil

Editor, O Globo Newspaper

Vogel became an automotive journalist in 1994. Since 2001, he is editor of "O Globo" motoring-supplement, named "CARROetc". Regular road-tests inside and outside Brazil are part of his professional work.



BARRY WINFIELD
United States

Contributor: Popular Mechanics, Inside Line (edmunds.com), Robb Report, CAR and DRIVER, motorcycledaily.com

Now freelance, Barry is a former technical director and editor-at-large of CAR and DRIVER magazine.

He currently contributes to Popular Mechanics, Inside Line, Robb Report and CAR and DRIVER.

As a veteran motorcyclist and former deputy editor of the UK's BIKE magazine, Barry also writes motorcycle reviews for motorcycledaily.com.



SEAN X.H.QIU
China

Editor-in-chief of "Autoworld"

As one of the earliest auto professional media persons in China, Xiong Hui Qiu and his colleagues jointly founded China's first full-colour, auto professional monthly magazine in 1994. This was also the earliest auto magazine that China jointly launched with overseas media. Xiong Hui Qiu created China's earliest auto testing report column, tested autos himself and wrote testing reports. In the year 2000, he also established China's first auto rating - the annual top ten vehicles - which continues up to the present. Xiong Hui Qiu graduated from the Hunan University with a master's degree in linguistics. Currently he is also teaching journalism and Western cultural subjects in universities.




SVEN XU
China

Publisher and Deputy General Manager, CAR AND DRIVER and QUO

Sven Xu graduated from Fachhochschule for Technologies and Design Mannheim, Germany in 1998 where he majored in Communications Design

From 1999-2004, he worked as the Art Director and Producer of the German auto magazine “Auto motor und sport”, Chinese edition.

In 2005, he became the Editor-in-Chief of “Car and Driver” China; a position he held until 2006.

From 2006 until now, he is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of “Car and Driver” China.

He has twice been an international juror in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum Design Contest; in Paris in 2006 and more recently in 2007 in Shanghai.

He was the only Asian juror of The World’s Most Beautiful Automobile Award 2007, Italy.

For the past several years, he is a jury member on a number of domestic automotive awards in China.





JUERGEN ZOELLTER
Germany

Contributor: Autobild, Autozeitung, Focus, Welt am Sonntag plus 30 international outlets

A graduate of the University of Karlsruhe, Jurgen Zollter taught at the same university for six years prior to becoming the editor of the leading photo-magazine Photo Revue in February of 1986. He became editor of Top Driver in April 1987 and in 1989 became a freelance journalist contributing to outlets all over Asia, Europe and the USA, for example, FOCUS, stern,CAR, mot, Autobild, Welt am Sonntag, WELT, AutoFocus, AUTO/Strassenverkehr, Off Road, Playboy, Matador, GALA, AutoExpress/UK, CAR/UK, AUTOWEEK/NL, GTO/NL, L'Auto Journal/F, L'Automobile Magazine/F, Sport Auto/F, Alles Auto/A, Neue Kronen Zeitung/A, Neue Zuercher Zeitung/CH, Z¸richer Sonntagszeitg./CH, Automobil Revue/CH, AUTO/I, Autosprint/I, Auto Capital + Autopui/I, Automovil/SP, Autopista/SP, Auto Foco/P, Motor Magazine/J, GENROQ/J, F-Magazine/J,Road & Track/USA.