Diesel Car magazine announced the results for this year’s Diesel Car of the Year Award and crowned the Citroën DS3 as the diesel-powered COTY.
The magazine’s experts tested over 300 new cars in each category and came up with following results:
|Best small car||Citroën DS3|
|Best medium car||Ford Focus|
|Best large car||Ford Mondeo|
|Best executive car||Jaguar XF|
|Best estate car||Skoda Superb|
|Best MPV||SEAT Alhambra|
|Best crossover||Kia Sportage|
|Best 4×4||Land Rover Discovery 4|
|Best sports car||Peugeot RCZ|
|Best eco car||Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4|
|Car of the year 2011||Citroën DS3|
The reviewers awarded the new Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 as the best Eco car due to its innovative diesel hybrid system which is a world’s first for a production car. Ford’s newly launched Focus grabs the top spot for medium cars, while the Mondeo takes the honours for best large car. Kia has cause to pop open the champagne corks, as its new crossover challenger, the Sportage, grabs the Best Crossover gong. Another new entrant into the marketplace in 2010 is the SEAT Alhambra which beats all the other contenders to the Best MPV spot.
Of course some of the results were predictable, like the Peugeot RCZ which won the award for best sports car last year as well, or the Jaguar XF Diesel which has one of the most refined, most economical and yet best performing oil burners in the world.
Announcing this year’s winners, Ian Robertson, Editor of Diesel Car Magazine said “There has been a lot of new talent arriving on the motoring scene in the past twelve months, despite the difficult market conditions.” He went on to say “I’m so pleased to be able to announce that the Citroën DS3 is Diesel Car’s Car of the Year 2011. Not only is it extremely talented on the tarmac, it looks fantastic, suits most pockets and is nicely kitted out. It’s the perfect car to make you feel good about yourself.”