Published on May 8th, 2024 | by Subhash Nair


Electric Crossover Of The Year –  smart #1 BRABUS

The smart #1 BRABUS is our pick for VOTY 2024’s Electric Crossover of the year.

When it comes to electric crossovers, the public has a choice between a range of sub-RM200,000 options from brands that they’ve never heard of before or a range of premium options that don’t cost much less than their premium ICE alternatives. Very few options straddle the line between these two extremes but one brand did it and we think they did a really good job of it too.

smart #1 BRABUS

The smart #1 BRABUS is our winner for Electric Crossover of the year because it combines the best of German automotive performance, branding and design with Chinese cost, engineering and production advantages. You get some top-tier performance out of the smart #1 BRABUS while still not paying top dollar either and all our judges felt it deserved some recognition for this balancing act.

About VOTY 2024

The Allianz DSF.my Vehicle Of The Year (VOTY) Award ceremony is the first and only vehicle award event in Malaysia that does not hand out paid awards, nor does it charge winners or participating brands any fee whatsoever. Winners are allowed to use the VOTY event logo free of charge in all marketing materials. Event attendees are not even charged for their seat at the award presentation. All car manufacturers that operate in Malaysia are invited to participate free of charge. All they have to do is let our judges test drive their nominated vehicles.

The nominated vehicles must have been launched in Malaysia in the last 12 months and cannot be a localised minor facelift (body-kits, stickers, wheel upgrades, etc). All judging is independent and is put down to a vote before the winners are selected. Car manufacturers are not informed if they are winning or not before the event.

The judges for VOTY 2024 are Daniel Sherman Fernandez and Subhash Nair of dsf.my, Ross Hadi of gohedgostan.com and Joshua Chin of automacha.com.

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