The seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra has been voted the European Car of the Year in a hard-fought competition that saw it fight off some tough challengers, including the Jaguar XE. The new family hatchback scored 309 points from the 58-strong Jury with the Volvo XC90 SUV in second place with 294 points and the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 in third with 202 points.
In the ceremony on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, Karl-Thomas Neumann, Chairman of Opel and General Motor’s President of Europe, received the trophy from Hakan Matson, the CotY Jury President. Neumann said: ‘You cannot believe how happy I am and for the team that created this car.’
The last Astra to win was the second-generation model, which took the spoils in 1985 – other generations finished second in 1980, 1992 and 1999 while the previous model was third in 2010.