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The new ŠKODA Fabia has been named Car of the Year 2015 in the UK by the prestigious What Car? magazine. Not only this model, but also the Octavia has already won an array of awards after being named Best Family Car by the same magazine and best compact car in Germany by Auto Motor und Sport.
What Car? Car of the Year Award for the Fabia represents the second time this car has scooped the award, having done so with the first generation Fabia back in 2000. Since its launch, 3.5 million Fabias have been sold worldwide. The Fabia was also named as Best Small Car by
What Car? magazine this year, while its bigger brother, the Octavia, won as Best Family Car.
The new Fabia introduces innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems to its market segment. It is also more spacious, stronger and more efficient than its predecessor, thanks both to significant weight-saving and the introduction of cleaner EU6-compliant engines that help to make it up to 17% more efficient.
Jim Holder, editor of
What Car?, said,
"The Fabia wins not only because it's a superb small car that's practical, well equipped and cheap to run, but also because of the rivals it has managed to dispose of in the process."
The ŠKODA Octavia, winner of the Best Family Car award from
What Car?, was also chosen as best compact imported car in Germany by readers of the German car magazine
Auto Motor und Sport.
This brings the total awards won by this car to a massive 44 since its market launch a mere two years ago! These awards have come in twelve countries, including the Czech Republic, Germany, China, Russia, India and Australia. The Octavia was recognised primarily as being a great family car, with exceptional functionality, stable resale value, excellent value for money, and attractive design.
Not surprisingly, the ŠKODA Octavia has been a great hit worldwide, with more than 500,000 of the third generation Octavias already snapped up by enthusiastic drivers around the world.
The third generation Octavia is the largest, safest, lightest, most practical, comfortable and environmentally friendly Octavia of all time. The whole model series is also more versatile than ever. Four of the eight international models are currently available in New Zealand: Octavia Liftback, Octavia Wagon, Octavia RS and Octavia Scout.
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