Car of the year honour for Audi A1

It was double whammy for Audi's new supermini A1 as it bagged the Car of the Year as well as the Best Supermini gongs in this year's What Car? awards.

The chief of the magazine hailed the vehicle as "the right car at the right time", adding: "If ever there has been a car that has hit the nail squarely and firmly on the head, the Audi A1 is it.

"It's a car that combines desirability and ability alongside frugal financials - the perfect combination."

Audi UK director Jeremy Hicks said: "It's a tremendous accolade for the Audi A1 to receive this award."

The new Range Rover Evoque won the reader's choice award for the most exciting car to be launched in 2011. The vehicle is due to be out in another six months.

While the Land Rover Discovery was named the best 4x4 for the seventh year in a row, Jaguar XF took home the best executive car award for the fourth consecutive year.

Mr Fowler also commended the British-built, all-electric Nissan Leaf as "a slice of tomorrow's motoring today" after it won the new ultra-low carbon car award.

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