Vauxhall’s all-new Astra family hatchback was named 2015 Scottish Car of the Year this evening at the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers’ annual awards in Edinburgh. The British-built Vauxhall Astra also took the Eco and Family car awards, while the company’s new VIVA drove away with the Compact car gong.
“We’re extremely proud that the Astra is the 2015 Scottish Car of the Year,” said Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel’s Vice President, Design, who accepted the award on behalf of Vauxhall. “The Scots have made Vauxhall their most popular car manufacturer over the last seven years, so we’re glad that we’ve been able to repay their loyalty by delivering a car that will appeal in so many ways.”
The Astra also took a brace of class awards during the evening, with the 1.6 CDTi model triumphing in the Eco category, which included rivals with a range of alternative power sources. Its new-generation of engine – the Whisper Diesel - combined with Astra’s drop in kerb-weight of up to 200kg means the 136PS 1.6 CDTi can achieve 76.3mpg combined and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
The Astra also won SCOTY’s Family Car Award, with the judges recognising its family-friendly technology and clever use of cabin space.
"The judging panel faced arguably the toughest decision in the history of the SCOTY awards but the Astra's sheer breadth of talent put it ahead of the rest,” said Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. “It's a hugely relevant vehicle for both private buyers and company-car drivers. We believe it's not just Vauxhall's best car yet but the new leader in an ultra-competitive segment."
Completing Vauxhall’s award-trawl was the VIVA’s win in the Compact car category. With a familiar name, cheeky looks, generous equipment and a level of quality that confounds its sub-£8k entry price, VIVA is the latest edition to Vauxhall’s growing small-car family, which already includes ADAM and Corsa.
“The Vauxhall VIVA has the lot as a compact car,” said Suttie. “It can fit four adults plus luggage while delivering a smooth and refined drive. It’s also superb value and has low running costs to make it the perfect choice in its class. The VIVA bowled us over with the way it drives, taking every type of road in its confident stride. We also admire the way the VIVA offers more space inside than seems possible from the outside. What really sealed the deal, though, is the amazing value for money this quality small car provides.”
The Scottish market is of great importance to Vauxhall. It has been the biggest-selling manufacturer in Scotland for the last seven years, with the popular Corsa being Scotland’s best-selling car for six out of the last seven years. Vauxhall also sponsors the Scotland national football team.
"We are very pleased Astra and VIVA have been recognised by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. The all-new Astra has raised the bar in terms of quality, design and connectivity and the VIVA is the newest and best city car on the market," said Leon Caruso, Vauxhall’s Retail Sales Director. “Winning the overall SCOTY gives us a huge boost and our retailers in the region will be delighted with the additional success I am sure this will bring to these cars.”
Vauxhall’s Corsa and Corsa VXR narrowly missed top-spot in SCOTY’s Supermini and Hot-Hatch categories respectively, being named runner-up in each class.
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