Skoda voted best motor company

Skoda has been awarded the best auto manufacturer in the 2010 What Car? Readers Awards.

The Czech Republic-based automaker was voted the best motor company, followed by Porsche and Daihatsu, in a poll of 30,000 readers of What Car? magazine.

BMW 1 Series Coupe was named the best car, with the Land Rover Defender placed second followed by the Alfa Romeo Mito ranked third - all three cars topped spots in their respective individual categories.

Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of What Car? magazine, said: "The results suggest that no-one ever regrets buying a 1 Series Coupe, with the vast majority of readers dishing out a full five-star verdict.

"The entry-level BMW was complimented for its driving ability as well as its fuel consumption. It's a worthy winner."

Readers rated Saab as the worst overall manufacturer and the Ford Focus CC (Coupe Cabriolet) as the worst car overall.

Other winners in the individual categories included Mercedes-Benz CLS winning top spot in the executive and luxury category, Mini Clubman voted the best estate and Skoda Octavia collecting the prize for best small family car.

Lotus Elise, Volkswagen Passat CC and Ford C-Max emerged winners in the open top, family/compact executive and MPV categories respectively.

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