WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS: 2010 Jurors



MIKE ALLEN
UNITED STATES

Associate Automotive Editor: Popular Mechanics, New York Times syndicated weekly column

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.




BAKUR AZHER
SAUDI ARABIA

Editor-in-chief and contributor: Azher Information Technology Group (Saudi Auto magazine)

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

Contributor: France 2 TV, and Le Moniteur automobile

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 D





MARIA BRANDL
AUSTRIA

Editor-in-chief: 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 and contributor: MSN - UK, Car Dealer Magazine, Which? – UK version of Consumer Reports

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 and host: Motorpress Televisa, Automovil magazine

Fernando Carrion 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 AUTOSPORT; 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, Automa, and Motor Clásico.

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

He also contributes to Motorpress-Televisa in Mexico.



JOOSIK CHOI
KOREA

Editor-in-Chief, AutoCar Korea

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

Contributor: Aftonbladet bil newspaper

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.





XAVIER DAFFE
BELGIUM

Editor-in-chief: Le Moniteur automobile magazine

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

Contributor: Winding Road, Edmonds Inside Line, European Car, Wynn Las Vegas, Auto Express UK, Sunday Times UK, Octane UK, Omni Auto Italy, Expressen Motor Sweden, Teknikens Varld Sweden, Genroq Japa

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

Editor and contributor: Automotive Publications syndicated across Ireland

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.






BOB (BAO QING) DONG
CHINA

Contributor: 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

Editor: Auto Motor and Sport, Car For You, Auto Catalogue, Auto Power magazine

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.







JOSHUA DOWLING
Australia

Contributor: The Sydney Morning Herald, Top Gear Australia, Popular Science Australia, GQ Australia

Joshua Dowling is one of Australia's most experienced motoring journalists, with 20 years under his belt. Having worked for 11 years as the Motoring Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's biggest broadsheet newspaper, he has amassed an impressive list of news, reviews and feature stories.

Dowling estimates he drives over 200 vehicles a year, in Australia and overseas, and has attended every major international motor show for the past decade to stay in tune with the latest models and trends.

Since going freelance in 2009, he has expanded his outlet coverage to include the country's biggest-selling men's magazine Top Gear Australia, the nation's most-viewed car website carsales.com.au reaching over 1.2m unique hits each month, Popular Science Australia and GQ Australia.

He also comments weekly about the car industry on two of Sydney's most popular radio stations MMM and 2UE, the latter of which is syndicated to over 40 stations across Australia reaching an estimated 1 million listeners. A keen motor sport enthusiast, Dowling is a competition license holder and has raced at Bathurst in production cars as well as competing in production car and rally series.






THOMAS GEIGER
GERMANY

Contributor: Welt am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutsche Presse Agentur, Der Spiegel on-line, Edmunds.com

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

Deputy editor and contributor: AutoReview magazine

Leonid Golovanov, born in Moscow in 1968, joined automotive journalism in 1995 as reporter of russian automotive newspaper Autoreview.

Now, over 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

Contributor: Herald Sun. Syndicated across Australia to five major metropolitan newspapers, e.g. Daily Telegraph Sydney; The Advertiser Adelaide, Sunday Time, Perth, etc.

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
MEXICO

Contributor: TDA Todo de Autos magazine

Alejandro Guilbert has spent the last 16 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 Mexico for the FIPA : Federación Interamericana de Periodistas Automotrices.



GREG KABLE
GERMANY

Contributor: AutoCar UK, CAR UK, Top Gear, MSN Autos, Diesel Car, Evo, What MPV





YASUHIKO KAWAMURA
JAPAN

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

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 Magazine, Car Top, Car Graphic

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

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

New York Bureau Chief: Automobile magazine and US Editor : Top Gear UK

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 magazine





WILLIAM WANG KUN
CHINA

Editor and contributor: Automotive Weekly, Bitauto.com

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.

In 2007, he then went on to be the Editor-in-Chief at AutoCar and F1 Racing China magazines







ALESSANDRO LAGO
ITALY

Editor-in-chief, OmniAuto

Born in Rome, Alessandro Lago studied in in Luxembourg and Rome (Business Administration).

In 2000, he founded OmniAuto at the age of 18.

OmniAuto.it is a website specialising in the automotive sector. Today, OmniAuto.it ranks first amongst Italian web magazines with more than 700.000 unique visitors per month.

Thanks to his work, Alessandro Lago is a well respected journalist and successful web editor with his company Edimotive Srl whose headquarters are based in Rome.

He also writes for Tiscali Motori (http://motori.tiscali.it) and H2Roma Magazine (http://www.h2roma.org).



JOHN LEBLANC
CANADA

Contributor: Toronto Star and MSN Autos

After spending almost two decades in the advertising industry, John became a freelance automative journalist in 2000.

He began contributing to the Ottawa Citizen in 2004, then moved to the National Post's Driving section a year later.

Since 2007, he's been a regular contributor to the Toronto Star's weekly Wheels section, as well as also online at wheels.ca and MSN Autos Canada



PETER LYON
JAPAN

Japan-based contributor to Motor Trend (US), Quattroruote (It), Auto Bild (Ger), Herald Sun (Aus), Auto Express (UK), Evo (UK), Motor (Aus), Holiday Auto (Jpn), Car (SAf)...

Entering his 23rd 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.





MARCO MARELLI
ITALY

Contributor: Channel 1 – RAI TV, La Stampa newspaper, Il Gazzettino, Epolis newspaper Polizia Moderna magazine, Italiaracing.net

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, Car Graphic

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, Automotive Industries, Consumers Digest, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Top Gear - UK, Die Welt - Germany, Automobil Produktion - Germany

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

Contributor: The Australian, Top Gear Australia, Open Road Magazine, Royalauto magazine. Editor: Australian New Car Buyer, Australian 4WD and SUV Buyer's Guide magazines

Bill McKinnon has been testing cars and motorcycles for more than 25 years. He has edited Australia's major motorcycle magazine, Two Wheels, and The Open Road, a motoring/travel magazine with a circulation of 1.5 million. Bill was also the founding chief judge of the Australia's Best Cars awards.

He is currently Editor of Australia's two most comprehensive buyer's guides: Australian New Car Buyer and Australian 4WD and SUV Buyers Guide, both of which are published every six months.

He was chief road tester for the Sydney Morning Herald from 1995 to 2008, and now freelances for several outlets, including The Australian newspaper and Top Gear Australia, which since its 2008 launch has become Australia's biggest selling motoring magazine.



JENS MEINERS
GERMANY

Owner: SpotPress Services; contributor to a number of national and international publications.

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 Arabia Motors, Auto Week, Automotive News Europe, and Car and Driver. He is co-owner of the automotive news agency SpotPress Services in Cologne, Germany.

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

Japan based correspondent for Autocar – UK, Wheels – Australia, Car Graphic – Japan, Edmunds.com – USA, InterAuto – Italy

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

TV Host and Contributor: weekly TV Show – Goro Okazaki’s Car Talk, Car & Driver – Japan, CarView, Goods Press, Car Graphic – Japan

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

Editor and contributor: CAR magazine

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, CarGraphic, Smart, Begin, Takarajima, Form

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 Cornishe.



MACIEJ PERTYNSKI
POLAND

Contributor: Auto Moto and Motor Magazines

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.




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.




SEAN X.H. QIU
CHINA

Editor-in-chief: AutoWorld magazine

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.





JOHN RETTIE
UNITED STATES

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

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: Easy Rider TV program, 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

Renaud Roubaudi, 41 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: Daily Telegraph, Auto Express, AOL Motoring, BBC News, Telegraph TV

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.





JIM SCOUTTEN
UNITED STATES

Announcer: Car and Driver Radio, Tier One Media

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.




VLADIMIR SOLOVIEV
RUSSIA

Contributor: Za Rulem magazine

Vladimir Soloviev is professional journalist who began his career at Radio Moscow. In 1987 he began working for "Za Rulem"; one of the most popular and respected automotive magazines in Russia.

His participation in the 45 hour Moscow-Lisbon speed marathon as well as the Lada-Niva Sahara expedition has made Vladimir and his co-participants well-known in Russia.

Now, Vladimir is head of the International Projects Department and a board member for Za Rulem magazine. He regularly test-drives and writes about new automobiles. He is also a member of the Za Rulem Grand Prix Committee; an all-Russian readership contest that votes for the "best new" cars in the Russian market.



HORMAZD SORABJEE
INDIA

Contributor: Autocar India

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

Contributor: 4Wheels

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.




JASON STEIN
UNITED STATES

Editor, Automotive News

Jason Stein was named editor of Automotive News in August 2009. In this role he directs the editorial staff of more than 40 reporters and editors around the world. Mr. Stein also continues to lead Automotive News Europe. The European staff produces several online news products and events.

Mr. Stein is a veteran journalist who joined Automotive News in 2003. He covered many important automotive beats in the United States and Europe. Mr. Stein joined Crain Communications from the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he spent seven years in various roles as an editor, reporter and the paper’s first automotive columnist. Prior to that, he worked for four newspapers as well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he was a news, business and sports reporter.

Mr. Stein is Canadian and holds many American state and national journalism awards.




PERRY STERN
UNITED STATES

Contributor: 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 Australiaès 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.




MICHAEL TAYLOR
ITALY

Italy based contributor to: Haymarket's Autocar magazine syndication, Motor magazine (Australia), AutoWeek (US), Engine magazine (Japan), United Arab Emirates' National newspaper, carsales.com.au (A

With almost two decades of experience writing about cars and the car industry, Michael Taylor's work is now published regularly in more than 20 countries.

After establishing himself as one of the foremost motoring journalists in Australia, he he moved to Modena, Italy in 2006. Beginning his working career on The Chronicle regional daily newspaper in Toowoomba, Australia, he progressed through The Courier-Mail in Brisbane to win awards for road tests and feature stories with the Royal Automobile Club of Australia's magazine, The Road Ahead.

He subsequently worked as motoring editor on The Daily Telegraph, and has held editorships at both 4X4 Australia and Motor magazines.

He still writes for both Australian publications, but his work is also syndicated through Haymarket's Autocar magazine and its licensed international outlets.

He also contributes to AutoWeek magazine in the US, Japan's Engine magazine, United Arab Emirates' National newspaper, carsales.com.au in Australia and leftlanenews.com in the US. His work has also been translated and sold into Brazil, The Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Russia, Spain, China, Turkey and Sweden.






YURI URYUKOV
RUSSIA

Contributor: "Klaxon" newspaper

Yuri Uryukov is a native of Moscow and graduated in 2005 from the Moscow State Automotive University. He then worked as a Russian representative for the bus manufacturer "Temsa".

Since 2006 he began conducting and publishing regular test-drives of new vehicles for the Russian newspaper “Klaxon” that is issued bi-weekly. “Klaxon” began publication in 1990 and has a monthly circulation of 425,000.





JASON VOGEL
BRAZIL

Contributor: O Globo newspaper, Diario de S. Paulo, Extra, Espresso newspapers

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, Edmunds Insideline, Robb Report, Car and Driver

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.






SVEN XU
CHINA

Publisher and Editorial Director: Car and Driver China, BMW Magazine China and MINI International China

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.




KAZUNORI YAMAUCHI
JAPAN

President, Polyphony Digital Ltd /Creator, GranTurismo

Kazunori Yamauchi is president of Polyphony Digital Ltd and creator of Gran Turismo, regarded as the world's biggest selling driving simulator game. Over the past 12 years, since its introduction, GT has sold more than 50 million copies globally.

Yamauchi, who personally tests - for real - nearly every car in his game, has over the past year expanded the game's reach by creating "Gran Turismo (GT) TV" which is seen online in 149 countries and 8 languages with an estimated audience (online) of over 1.2 million.

At present, he and his team are busy putting the final touches to the long-awaited GT5, which is expected in stores by the end of this year.

An avid car collector and driver, he currently owns a Porsche GT3, Nissan GT-R, Ford GT, Mercedes SL55 AMG, VW Golf R32, Honda S2000, and a Nissan 370Z.





JUERGEN ZOELLTER
GERMANY

Contributor: Autobild, Autozeitung, Focus, Welt am Sonntag plus additional 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.