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Oman Auto Excellence Awards 2016 Winners announced

In its inaugural year, the Auto Excellence Awards 2016 has been proclaimed to be the only audited automotive awards in the country, and quite possibly the region. Organised by and held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, the awards ceremony saw dealer representatives for all the major automotive brands in Oman gather to see if they won. But two weeks before that, the judges had a go at all the nominated cars — close to 80 in total — over just 2 days of hectic testing at the Oman Automobile Association’s Muscat Raceway compound, and while I was one of the judges, the winners were the average of scores from five judges.

Best Small Sedan: Honda City

Best Compact Sedan: Honda Civic

Best Mid-Size Sedan: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best Large Sedan: Maserati Ghibli

Best Luxury Sedan: BMW 7-Series

Best Crossover: Mercedes-Benz GLA

Best Mid-Size SUV: Ford Explorer

Best Luxury SUV: Volvo XC90

Best Performance SUV: Maserati Levante

Best Small Hatchback: Hyundai Veloster

Best Premium Hatchback: Mercedes-Benz A–Class

Best Sports Coupe: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Best Premium Sports Coupe: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Best Premium Luxury Convertible: Ferrari California T

Best Supercar: Ferrari 488 GTB

Best Hybrid Car: Toyota Prius

Most Popular Car Brand in Oman: Nissan (by public vote)

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