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.