VAUXHALL’S all-new British-built Astra is European Car of the Year 2016.
The award announced at the Geneva Motor Show was decided by 58 leading automotive journalists from around Europe.
It was presented to Vauxhall/Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann by Car of the Year president Hakan Matson . Astra received a total of 309 points versus 294 for the Volvo XC90 and 202 for the Mazda MX-5.
Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director Rory Harvey said: “We’re delighted the Astra has been recognised for yet another award. To be named European Car of the Year by judges throughout Europe is a testament to the hard work that has gone into the Astra.
“This is the new model’s first full year of sales, and it has already been well-received.”
This year is the 52nd European Car of the Year awards and the Astra’s win marks the fifth Car of the Year title for Opel/Vauxhall. The previous winners were the Astra Mk2, Omega A, Insignia and Ampera.
More than 40 new cars were among the list of contenders.
The all-new Astra is available with the new-generation IntelliLink infotainment system and OnStar, a comprehensive package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology.