VAUXHALL’S all-new Brit-built Astra has been named European Car of the Year 2016 at the 86th Geneva Motor Show.
The award was decided by 58 leading automotive journalists from around Europe. The Astra received a total of 309 points versus 294 for the Volvo XC90 and 202 for the Mazda MX-5.
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.
This year has already proven to be a positive one for the model, with this award the latest in a list that also includes a Family Car category win at the What Car? Awards and being named Scottish Car of the Year. More than 40 new cars were among the list of contenders and the Astra emerged as the winner from a field of seven Car of the Year finalists.