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Congratulations to the Vauxhall Astra for winning the German Golden Steering Wheel Award. Known as one of the top awards in Germany, the “Das Goldene Lenkrad” is awarded to the car which can prove itself in the engine, fuel consumption, chassis, braking, steering and driver assistance safety systems categories. This years election involved readers in 26 European countries, representing more than 40 million readers overall.
"This is terrific news and a real feather in our cap," said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall's Marketing Director. "Not only has the new Astra been shortlisted for the European Car of the Year, which we won last year with the Insignia, but it's now taken an important award from an international jury of readers. And all before the car hits showrooms on 11th December".
The Astra won the class for compact cars. Other winners included the VW Polo (small cars), the Audi A5 Sportback (middle and upper-sized cars), Porsche Panamera (luxury cars) Mercedes SLS (super-cars) and the Renault Scenic (vans).
The Golden Steering Wheel election is organised in two phases. In the first round, European readers voted for their favorite vehicles, selecting a total of 46 in six categories (small, compact, mid-upper, luxury, supersport and vans). Next, a panel of 50 experts including technicians, race drivers, chief editors and VIPs tested and judged the nominees on dynamics, comfort and quality. Racing drivers who participated in the voting, included two-time World Rally Champions Walter Röhrl and Isolde Holderied, and DTM pilots Mattias Ekström and Ralf Schumacher; German legend Hans-Joachim Stuck and Swiss star driver Christina Surer.
Vauxhall has won the Golden Steering award on 12 occasions in the 33 years the election has been held.