Not one to rest on its laurels, the Citroen DS3 has added to its heady collection of plaudits with the title of 'Best Hot Hatch' in the inaugural CarBuyer Car of the Year awards.
The turbocharged Citroen DS3 DSport 150 was singled out for special attention by the expert panel of road testers and reviewers as "great value" and a model that "will also make plenty of sense once its showroom shine has begun to fade, thanks to Citroen's affordable service plan and maintenance costs."
The first model in the distinctively styled DS line, Citroen DS3 has already won a number of important honours in its first year on sale, including TopGear magazine's "Car of the Year" and Fifth Gear's 'Small Car of the Year'.
CarBuyer said; "Hot hatches are emotive things, and Citroen's DS3 stirred plenty of passion among our judges.
By combining smart looks, lively performance and entertaining handling in such an affordable package, Citroen has crafted the sharpest go-faster supermini around."
Linda Jackson, Citroen UK's Managing Director, commented; "Once again, DS3 has proved to be a winner with the critics, as it has been with the public. Its distinctive personality makes it a standout model in every way."
The latest addition to the Citroen DS3 family, the special edition 207hp Citroen DS3 Racing, landed in the UK in February. Developed by the six-time World Rally Championship winning team, Citroen Racing, Citroen DS3 Racing delivers power and performance (0-62mph in 6.5secs) with efficiency (44.1mpg combined cycle fuel economy) and environmental consideration (149g/km CO2).Published 11 March 2011