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Fiesta wins What Car? Awards

Date: 26 January 2009

Ford's new Fiesta has scooped What Car? magazine's car of the year award, with Ford also picking up Best Supermini for the Fiesta as well as Best Family Car for the Mondeo and Best Estate for the Mondeo.

Sister firm Volvo collected a win for the all-new XC60 off-roader in the Best SUV category.

Steve Fowler, What Car? editor, commented: "The Fiesta is the most complete small car we've ever tested - it's practical enough to be used as a family car, fun enough to be used as a sports car and stylish enough to make the right impression. It's also affordable to buy, cheap to run and kind to the planet."

John Fleming, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said: "This is tremendous news for the whole Ford team - the great British public has already made new Fiesta the UK's best-selling car in the closing months of last year, and this ultimate endorsement by What Car? will drive the new Fiesta to even greater success this year."

What Car? Car of The Year Winners 2009
Category Brand Model
Supermini Ford Fiesta 1.25i 82 Zetec 5dr
Small Family Car Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5 dr
Family Car Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5 dr
Estate Car Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi Zetec
SUV Volvo XC60 2.4 D SE
Hot Hatch Mini Mini Cooper S
Coupé Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
Open-Top Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TSI Sport
Performance Car Nissan GT-R
MPV Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDI SX EGS
Compact Executive BMW 320d ES
Executive Car Jaguar XF 2.7 V6 Diesel Luxury
Luxury Car Mercedes S320 CDI
Safety Award Euro NCAPn/a
Security Award Audi n/a
Car of The Year Ford Fiesta 1.25i 82 Zetec 5dr