Article By TJ

Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has claimed another title with the Autocar Game-Changer Award, proving itself to be one of the top models on the market.This latest accolade adds to the Astra’s already impressive list of awards following its launch late last year.

Announced at the annual Autocar awards ceremony at Silverstone’s prestigious Wing complex, the Astra topped the extremely competitive Game-Changer category. The award recognises the Astra as the car that has leapt forward in many areas, but has also helped to set new standards and defy conventions in the car industry. The judges praised the seventh-generation model for its versatility, value for money and technology.

“The new Astra has taken a quantum leap forward over the previous generation and has put Vauxhall back in the running in one of the most competitive sectors of the industry,” said Jim Holder, Autocar’s Editorial Director. “It stands out for doing everything well, and some things better than everyone else. The Astra has an outstanding diesel engine and agile handling, while its infotainment and safety technologies provide selling points you might not expect from the brand.”

This year has already proven to be an extremely successful year for the model, with this award the latest in a list that also includes being named European Car of the Year, a Family Car category win at the What Car? Awards, and winning the Lower Medium category at the Fleet News Awards.

“The Astra continues to go from strength-to-strength this year, and winning the Autocar Game-Changer Award further proves this,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “It’s great to see how well-received the Astra has been so far, and we hope to keep up this winning streak.”

Autocar says, "This excellent car is literally the reason General Motors still makes cars in large numbers in the UK. Workers and management at the company’s Ellesmere Port factory came together to fight, against long odds, to retain the place as the home of Astra – and were rewarded with the status of being the model’s lead plant."

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