Astra named the best car in Scotland

Astra named the best car in Scotland

Vauxhall's new Astra has been crowned Scottish Car of the Year.

In addition, the hatchback has also scooped the Family and Eco Car gongs during the same ceremony.

And Vauxhall, which is based in Luton, won four awards on the night when its Viva came out top in the Best Compact Car category.

Mazda also featured strongly among the winners. Its CX3 took Best Crossover, its new MX-5 won Drop Top of the Year and the Mazda2 scooped Best Supermini.

The "Innovation" section was won by the hydrogen ix35 from Hyundai.

Honda's high-performance Civic Type-R beat off rivals to the top Hot Hatch prize.

The Discovery Sport from Land Rover and the Defender also won awards. The latter's prize was seen as a swansong since it is shortly to cease production after 67 years.

Mark Adams, the design vice-president of Vauxhall, told the audience in his acceptance speech that Vauxhall was extremely proud of the Astra's win.

Mr Adams said that Scotland had chosen Vauxhall as its favourite carmaker since 2008.

He said the firm was pleased that such loyalty had been rewarded with the arrival of a vehicle so attractive in many ways.

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