The new Audi supermini, the A1, has won the title of What Car? Car of the Year
The Audi A1 was awarded the What Car? Car of the Year accolade at the 34th annual motoring ‘Oscars’, the What Car? Awards, at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane. The Audi A1 was also named Best Supermini, while Audi also picked up the Best Coupé award for the Audi TT.
Steve Fowler, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: "If ever there has been a car that has hit the nail squarely and firmly on the head, the Audi A1 is it. It’s the right car at the right time: a car that combines desirability and ability alongside frugal financials – the perfect combination."
This year’s Reader Award for the most exciting car to be launched in 2011 went to the new Range Rover Evoque, six months ahead of the British-built car’s launch.
British car makers did well at the What Car? Awards, with the Land Rover Discovery winning the Best 4x4 Award for the seventh year running, while Jaguar won the Best Executive Car Award for the fourth year with the XF.
The British-built, all-electric Nissan Leaf was awarded the new Ultra-Low-Carbon-Car Award, and was described by What Car? editor-in chief Steve Fowler as "a slice of tomorrow’s motoring today".
Volkswagen was awarded the Small Family Car Award for the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 Match.
The Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec picked up two awards for Best Family Car and Best Estate Car. Spanish car maker Seat picked up the Best MPV Award for the Seat Alhambra, while the Crossover Award went to last year’s Car of the Year – the Peugeot 3008.
Renault dominated the Hot Hatchback category with all three nominees, with the Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup taking the overall prize.
Ferrari won its first ever What Car? Award – the Ferrari 458 Italia beating the likes of Aston Martin, Audi, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche to the Best Performance Car Award.
BMW picked up two Awards: the Z4 was named Best Open-Top Car, and the 3 Series took the Compact Executive Award.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was awarded the Luxury Award, while Volvo won the Safety Award for its Pedestrian Detection system.