European Car of Year
To hit NZ roads
The winner of the European Car of the Year 2016 award is expected to reach New Zealand roads wearing Holden badges towards the end of 2016.
The seventh generation GM Europe Astra — sold in both Opel and Vauxhall branded versions — was announced as the 2016 winner of the award at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The 52nd annual award was decided by 58 leading automotive journalists from around Europe.
More than 40 new cars, from sporty roadsters to premium limousines and SUVS, were eligible for the award and seven finalists had previously been chosen.
In the final round of voting the Astra received a total of 309 points and headed off the new Volvo XC90 with 294 points and the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 which scored 202 points. The other finalists were the Audi A4, The seventh generation Opel/vauxhall Astra will go on sale in New Zealand this year wearing Holden badges as the European Car of the Year award winner.
Jaguar XE, Skoda Superb and BMW 7 Series.
It is the fifth Car of the Year success for an Opel/vauxhall model. The previous winners were the Astra (Kadett) Mk2 in 1984, Omega in 1987, Insignia in 2009 and the Ampera (Chevrolet Volt)
“The new Astra represents the start of a new era at Opel and victory in this year’s ‘Car of the Year’ competition shows that we are on the right track,” said Opel CEO Dr Karl-thomas Neumann.
“It is an honour for us to receive
such a prestigious award from leading automotive journalists.”
The new Astra five-door hatchback is set to play an important role in Australasia where Holden has a product programme that will introduce 24 new models by the end of 2020.
As it phases out of Australian car manufacturing, Holden expects to source about one-third of its future models from Europe alongside vehicles from North America and Asia.
The COTY award continues Astra’s winning streak since debuting at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. It has already claimed international awards such as Safetybest 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel and has also received the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.
The Astra is based on a new lightweight vehicle architecture and is powered by the latestgeneration 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbocharged engines. Smartphone integration and the world-class connectivity complement additional high-end technology such as Intellilux LED matrix headlights.