The Seat Leon has won the prestigious Car of the Year 2013 prize at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards in London earlier this week. The award was handed over to new Seat Chairman Jurgen Stackmann during a ceremony in London by Auto Express Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler. The Leon also scooped up the Best Compact Family Car award.
Explaining why the Leon was crowned the year's best car by the U.K.'s best selling motoring weekly, Steve Fowler said, "We love its style, the way it drives, the quality and the kit. Best of all, you get all that at a bargain price, while running costs will be ultra low, too. The SEAT Leon has beaten some superb cars to be crowned Car of the Year - it's that good,"
Jurgen Stackmann thanked the Auto Express jury for choosing the Leon as Car of the Year. "The new Leon is the best vehicle in Seat's history. It is a perfect embodiment of Seat's transformation and shows the direction we will be taking over the next few years. We are very pleased with the reception customers have given the Leon," said the Seat Chairman.
The new Seat Leon was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and hit U.K. showrooms in March 2013. Priced from just £15,670 (S$29,915), it offers truly class leading technology - like full LED headlights, the first family hatchback in the world to do so.
There was more cause for celebration at the Seat table as the Alhambra won the Best MPV award - for the third year in a row.
The Alhambra cemented its place as the most highly decorated car in Seat's history. This latest Best MPV prize is its 13th
award overall, having taken prizes from other motoring media heavyweights including What Car?, Fleet News, Fleet World, Diesel Car and Car Buyer.
"When it comes to moving large families around, nothing does it better than the Seat Alhambra. It’s built for an easy life with loads of space and clever features that make every family outing a joy. And unlike so many other MPVs, it offers executive levels of quality and refinement, and it’s great to drive, too," said Steve Fowler.
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