In recent years the Chinese automotive industry has not only experienced rapid sales growth, but also a huge leap in product quality. Within a short period of time Chinese OEMs have changed from copying international designs to developing their own style and innovative concepts. At the Xuanyuan Award we experienced this development first-hand through over 120 nominees in the last four years. Improved product quality does not only lead to better cars, it is also an important indicator when assessing the development and production competence of an OEM. Western companies spend large amounts of money to build-up and maintain the in-house vehicle evaluation competency by assessing vehicles. Only by getting comparable qualitative and quantitative input from professional test drivers, OEMs are able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of vehicles and later on make the right decisions in development. Vehicle assessments are such an integral part of western automotive industry culture, that even automotive magazines such as Auto Motor & Sport go to great lengths to provide unbiased professional test results. As an award focused on OEM competency it comes as no surprise, that we are continuously thinking about a way on how to improve our vehicle assessment. We have carried out the assessment focusing on the first level characteristics and the results and western-versus-Chinese comparisons were well received by the OEMs. This year we added in-depth evaluation on the characteristics reflecting market and industry focus: interior perception, HMI & connectivity, EV range & energy efficiency. Through continuous dedication to the assessment, we are confident to realize the vision of the Xuanyuan Award – to support the Chinese automotive industry to develop in a qualitative and sustainable way. 

Criteria & Process

Award Criteria

In order to guarantee a holistic view on not only the product iteslef but also on the company behind it the Xuanyuan Award assesses 3 criteria:

  • Innovation: from both product and technology angle, as well as business model and strategy
  • Contribution to mobility in China: e.g. by offering great cost performance, low running costs, high durability, sustainability in product design, low fuel consumption and low emissions
  • Contribution to Chinese industry development: Chinese contribution to styling, product development, manufacturing engineering as well as exports

The Award Process

  1. Nomination: until October 31st representatives of OEMs and experts submit nominations
  2. Jury member’s evaluation: After an analysis of all nominations by the award committee, the jury members independently assess the nominated cars along three evaluation categories
  3. Short-list announcement: until the mid of December the Jury members collectively agree on 15 short-listed cars as pontial winners. This shortlist will be published in China ABR
  4. Jury decision: Jury members hold internal-discussions to decide unanimously the winner
  5. Award Ceremony: The winner of the Xuanyuan 2017 will be announced at a public ceremony at January 16th 2016 in Beijing