Skoda cars reach top of awards list

Skoda cars have taken the first, second and fourth spots in the 2012 Auto Express Driver Power car ownership survey.

The Yeti SUV was in first place, followed by the Superb family car as runner-up and the Octavia in fourth - with the top two places representing a turnaround from last year when the Superb took top spot and the Yeti came in second place.

"Skoda's advertising says that it's the manufacturer of happy drivers - this year's Driver Power survey shows it's right," said Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler.

There was a new technology category in this year's awards, in which car buyers were asked to rate the quality of their in-car gadgets, with Nissan's British-built Juke taking first place.

Mr Fowler commented: "We know car buyers are seeing in-car technology as an increasingly important part of their car and car buying, while car makers are putting more efforts into gadgets and gizmos."

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