Opel Astra is named 2016 Car of the Year at Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2016

The new 2016 Opel Astra has been hailed "Car of the Year (COTY) 2016" as it has received 309 points from a competent jury of 58 automotive journalists coming from 22 European countries. The Volvo XC90 and the Mazda MX-5 lagged behind the Opel Astra with 294 and 202 points respectively.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann received the award presented by COTY President Hakan Matson on the first press day of the most-awaited 86th Geneva International Motor Show. The Opel Astra emerged victorious from seven finalists and over 40 contenders from various car segments.

According to Neumann, the Opel Astra signifies a new era for Opel and its victory indicates that things are going well for the company, saying that receiving such recognition is an honor. In its past eight editions, three Opel vehicles have won the prestigious award.

Aside from the COTY 2016, the Opel Astra also won other international recognitions such as the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel and the SAFETYBEST 2015 since being launched in fall. The Euro NCAP also gave the vehicle five stars in its crash test.

Both Opel Astra's Sports Tourer and five-door variants are equipped with an all-new lightweight architecture. Opel Astra comes with the newest-generation diesel and gasoline engines. For better connectivity, the vehicle also comes with smartphone integration features and a service assistant Opel OnStar.

Moreover, Opel has employed the new Opel Astra with exclusive features such as the IntelliLux LED matrix light. The European COTY was founded in 1964. With the recent victory, Opel now holds five COTY awards.

The first win was secured in 1985 by the Opel Kadett E. Shortly after, the Opel Omega A won the prestigious award in 1987. After nearly three decades without a win, the Opel Insignia and the Opel Ampera emerged victorious in 2009 and in 2012 respectively.

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Opel Astra voted “Car of the Year 2016”

The new Opel Astra is “Car of the Year 2016” and therefore the winner of the most renowned award in the industry! The 58-strong jury of automotive journalists from 22 European countries awarded the Astra a total of 309 points versus 294 for the Volvo XC90 and 202 for the Mazda MX-5.

The “Car of the Year 2016” trophy was presented to Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann by COTY president Hakan Matson on the eve of the first press day at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show.

The Astra emerged as the winner from a field of seven COTY finalists. More than 40 new cars, from sporty roadsters to premium limousines and sports utility vehicles, were among the original contenders.

“The new Astra represents the start of a new era at Opel and victory in this year’s ‘Car of the Year’ competition shows that we are on the right track,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It is an honor for us to receive such a prestigious award from leading automotive journalists.”

Three new Opel models have been named “Car of the Year” in its last eight editions. The new Astra has already won international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel since its launch last fall. It also received the maximum five stars for its performance in the Euro NCAP crash test.

Both the five-door and the Sports Tourer variants of the new titleholder are based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture. Power is delivered exclusively by the newest-generation diesel and gasoline engines. Smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar enable ultra-modern connectivity. The Astra also continues Opel’s tradition of introducing features previously only known from higher segments into the compact segment, such as IntelliLux LED® matrix light.

The European Car of the Year award was founded in 1964. This year’s victory takes Opel’s total “Car of the Year” tally to five. The Opel Kadett E was the first car from Rüsselsheim to win the award in 1985. Two years later, the Omega A once again took the pan-European accolade. In recent years, Opel has come out on top twice – with the Insignia in 2009 and the Ampera in 2012.

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