THE new Vauxhall Astra has won the Scottish Car of the Year title, presented by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers in Edinburgh.
Vauxhall triumphed in three categories, including Family Car and Eco Car for the Astra. The big-value VIVA won Compact Car.
It was also a splendid night for Mazda, which won three category awards for its Mazda2 (Supermini), MX-5 (Drop Top) and the CX-3 (Crossover).
Land Rover enjoyed multiple awards at SCOTY 2015 as its new Ingenium engine helped the Discovery Sport win the Diesel title. In the Used Car of the Year battle, the Land Rover Defender came out on top thanks to its incredibly strong residual values and enduring appeal as a workhorse and leisure vehicle.
It was a good evening for Jaguar, Land Rover’s sister company, as the XE saloon beat fierce competition to be crowned the Executive Car of 2015.
Last year’s overall winner, Hyundai, was back up on the stage to receive the highly prized Design and Innovation Award for its ix35 Hydrogen fuel cell car.
Volvo proved that large SUVs can be every bit as appealing and efficient as smaller machines with its XC90, which won the SUV category, following its predecessor’s overall SCOTY victory in 2003.
More practical machinery to pick up accolades were the Skoda Superb Estate (Estate Car) and the versatile Ford Galaxy (MPV).
At the other end of the scale, the Audi TT’s sleek lines helped it to the top spot in the Coupe category, while the Honda Civic Type R wowed the judges to win Hot Hatch.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: “The Astra sets new standards with the way it drives, its efficiency and the quality of its construction and materials. Not only is it a pleasure to drive, it’s also a resounding endorsement of British workmanship.”