The Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar who used the phrase in a letter to the Roman Senate around 47 BC after he had achieved a quick victory in his short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of Zela. The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory.
It was the car manufacturers who battled it out for one of the most highly contest and coveted awards of the automotive industry as WhatCar? awards rolled into town. The accolades which act as in indicator of public sentiment towards new cars being brought to market in the next year are only awarded to the highest performing vehicles which satisfy the strictest of criteria in their particular category.
It was the Volkswagen Group that came, saw and conquered at the awards last night, sweeping up eight awards out of the nineteen that were on offer. The Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport undoubtedly took home the most coveted award on offer; the Car of the Year prize, bringing their total to 3 in just 10 years, the A1, A3 and now the A4 have all scooped the main prize in recent years. According to the WhatCar, the Skoda Superb and Mazda’s Mx-5 also made it to the final round of voting but just missed out. Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport also collected the Best Compact Executive Car award too.
Audi were once again collecting an award for the Best Coupé with the Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport coming out on top from three finalists.
It didn’t stop there for Volkswagen Group as the Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE took the Best Small Car award, Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE snapping up the Best Family Car prize.
Volkswagen, the brand, collected the Best Electric Car Award with their Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE, while Touran 1.6 TDI 110 Bluemotion Tech SE got the Best MPV award. Lastly it was Porsche’s turn as it was awarded the Best Sports Car awards with their Porsche Boxster 2.7.
The rest of the list was made up of manufacturers that Lookers is extremely proud to represent in our extensive portfolio of new and approved used vehicles.
Ford Fiesta ST-2 was crowned UK’s best hot hatch for the third year running, while the Volvo XC90 was awarded with Safety Award. The Swedish SUV achieved a five star Euro NCAP rating, it stood out as the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests.
Hyundai i10 was, once again awarded with the Best City Car award, it comes with a five year unlimited mileage warranty, keeping the total costs down. The Best Large SUV award was collected by Land Rover Discovery Sport, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350d SE Line L was awarded with the Best Luxury Car. Lastly, it was the Reader Award which was collected by Alfa Romeo Giulia.
None of the award-winning cars are affected by carbon emissions scandals, because all of them are powered by the latest generation of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, providing improved performance and fuel efficiency.
Jim Holder, editorial director of What Car?, said: “When we began the judging process, the VW emissions scandal was in full swing.
“However, our guiding principle is to recommend the best cars on sale today. We have tested all cars with our unrivalled rigour and scrutiny on a level playing field with all of their rivals.
“Regardless of the scandal, the VW Group still builds cars that rank among the very best on the road and, tested against our criteria covering all of the rational reasons that consumers choose one car over another, the results are clear to see.”
For more information on any of the cars listed above, drop into one of our 160 dealerships throughout the country or visit us online.