The motor industry watched as the Audi A1 beat the Nissan Leaf at the What Car Awards Thursday in London. It was the 34th annual awards and the Nissan Leaf is indeed the European Car of the Year.
Instead, Nissan found contentment in the Ultra-Low-Carbon-Car Award for its British made electric Leaf. Steve Folwer, editor-in chief of What Car? magazine, said the Leaf was a peek into the motoring of the future.
Audi captured two other awards. The Audi A1 was given Best Supermini and the Audi TT the Best Coupé. Six months before it was to see the day of light, the British-built Range Rover Evoque won the Reader Award for the most thrilling vehicle to be brought out in 2011.
Among the remaining winners of British ingenuity, Jaguar’s XF got Best Executive Car for the fourth consecutive year, and the Land Rover Discovery captured Best 4×4 for its seventh consecutive year.
Vovlo continued in its tradition of safety awards as its Pedestrian Detection system hauled in the Safety Award. The Small Family Car Award (not only for family’s whose members are short) was given to the VW Golf 1.4 TSI 122 Match.
Two different awards went to the The Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec. It received both the Best Family Car and Best Estate Car awards.
The Best MPV went to the Seat Alhambra, but the Peugeot 3008 won the Crossover Award, which had won the Car of the Year in 2010. Best Performance went to Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz S-Class took Best Luxury Car.