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SEAT wins its first Auto Express Car of the Year

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The SEAT Leon (above) was named Car of the Year 2013 at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards.

This is the first time the Spanish brand has won the top award, while the Leon also drove off with the Best Compact Family Car Award. There was further Spanish glory as the SEAT Alhambra was named Best MPV for the third year running.

Auto Express editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: “The new Leon is a brilliant all-rounder offering space, quality, economy and plenty of style. You’ve only got to look at the cars the Leon beat to see just how good it is.”

Ford walked away with four awards, including the first ever Auto Express Van of the Year title for the new Transit Custom. The Fiesta was named Best Supermini, while the Fiesta ST was Best Hot Hatch and the B-MAX Best Five-Seat MPV.

British success was led by Land Rover with its all-new Range Rover named Design of the Year by Auto Express readers and also winning Luxury Car of the Year. The Range Rover Evoque was named Best Compact SUV for the third year running.

Steve Fowler added: “We’re continually amazed by the quality and efficiency of the latest new cars – offering so much more, but costing far less to run. These Awards provide the perfect guide for car buyers in the run-up to the September plate change.”

Auto Express New Car Awards Winners 2013

City Car Skoda Citigo

Supermini Ford Fiesta

Compact family car SEAT Leon

Family Car Mazda 6 F

ive-seat MPV Ford B-MAX

Seven-seat MPV SEAT Alhambra

Estate Car Skoda Octavia Estate

Crossover Mazda CX-5

Compact SUV Range Rover Evoque

Large SUV Hyundai Santa Fe

Hot Hatch Ford Fiesta ST

Convertible Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Coupe Porsche Cayman

Roadster Porsche Boxster

Pick-up Volkswagen Amarok

Compact Executive Car BMW 3 Series

Executive Car BMW 5 Series

Luxury Car Range Rover

Performance Car Toyota GT 86

Green Award Vauxhall Ampera

Design Award Range Rover

Driver Power Award Lexus

Hall of Fame Ian Robertson,

BMW Safety Award Volvo V40

Van of the Year Ford Transit Custom



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