Skoda flourished at the Auto Express awards winning both the Driver Power and Best Family Car awards.
The flagship Skoda Superb outshone the competition in the Best Family Car category. Skoda were also the first brand to knock Lexus off the top spot in the Driver Power Customer Satisfaction Survey earlier this year, contributing to the night's Driver Power award win.
The Driver Power award was scooped, according to David Johns, editor in chief at Auto Express, due to the consistency of Skoda&'s entire range, "Skoda is the first firm to knock Lexus off the top spot in the manufacturer standings of our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. To decide the winner of the award we take an average score for each brand's range - and it was the consistency of Skoda's entire line-up that brought it home ahead of the Japanese brand."
David also elaborates on why the Skoda Superb, launched in the UK just under a year ago, was able to clinch the Best Family Car award, "We simply could not ignore the excellent Superb, which provides the space of a luxury car at the price of a family hatch. And that's not all, because its novel dual-opening tailgate means it can be used as a five-door hatchback or four-door saloon. Plus, it can easily accommodate five adults, with huge amounts of rear legroom and a generous boot.
"The Skoda isn't just about size and value, though," continues David. "Our road testers were also amazed by the Superb's agility and handling. They were expecting impressive refinement and comfort - but the sharp dynamics of the Skoda are genuinely impressive."
Robert Hazelwood, Skoda UK Brand Director, is delighted by the latest success, "Winning these two awards is fabulous news for Skoda We're very proud of the new Superb which has been a great addition to the brand.
"By winning the Driver Power award our owners are telling us that Skoda really is the manufacturer of happy drivers.
"We're proud of our success at the Auto Express awards and pleased that our owners are satisfied with their Skodas."
Skoda manufactures five models in its range: the supermini Skoda Fabia, the family carrier Skoda Roomster, mid-size Skoda Octavia and the luxurious upper-medium Skoda Superb, to be joined in September by the new Skoda Yeti crossover.Published 5 August 2009