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Scottish success for Volvo

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VOLVO’S sleek and spacious new V90 has been crowned 2016 Scottish Car of the Year following an awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

The elegant estate fought off tough competition in its segment to be named best-in-class by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) and triumphed over 12 other category winners to take the top title.

The Swedish marque’s success follows on from last year when the XC90 won the Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) SUV section.

The SCOTY awards also delivered impressive results for Audi, Ford, Jaguar and Renault, with all four marques scooping double wins.

Not only was the beautifully appointed Audi A4 the top executive car but the V10-engined R8 – the priciest of the winners – was named best sports car.

Ford’s Focus RS and Mustang were the ASMW’s favoured hot hatch and drop top. Meanwhile success for Renault in the family and crossover car categories with the Megane and Kadjar respectively is testament to the design and quality of the French firm’s new models.

Leading the charge for Britain, Jaguar’s second generation XF and all-new F-PACE – penned under the direction of Scots design boss Ian Callum – were clear champions in both the luxury and SUV categories.

Mazda continued its recent good run of SCOTY form with a new engine for a revised version of a car which has previously scooped the family car title. The 1.5-litre SKYACTIV diesel engine’s credentials were notable enough to win the diesel title while the MX-5 was named as the ASMW’s best used car choice for 2016.

Elsewhere, Suzuki’s big value Baleno impressed the judges greatly – its Boosterjet engine delivering frugal real-world economy – and, also on a clean, green theme, the innovative drivetrains of Hyundai’s IONIQ were enough to make it the top eco vehicle.

The award for MPV of the Year went to BMW for its 2 Series Grand Tourer premier people mover while McLaren scooped the special design and innovation prize for the 570 Sports Series range.

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