Do you know what the 2014 Car of the Year is?

4 March 2014

All the cars have been learning their routines for the annual vehicle pageant, the Car of the Year awards. They have their little dance routines and speeches sorted and, triumphant, Peugeot's 308 saw off the competition and is now the best car in the world. Not bad for a little hatchback.

Irritatingly, the Peugeot scored 307 points (they really should've added an extra point on) versus the second-placed BMW battery-electric i3, which got itself 223 points. They were followed by the battery-electric Tesla Model S (216 points) and the Citroën Picasso (182 points).

The points were awarded by a panel of 58 Car of the Year judges across 22 European countries.


"We feel this vindicates our radical choices made with the 308," said Maxime Picat, Peugeot chief executive. "Also it was the company’s attempt to improve quality beyond anything that went before that was one of the key reasons the 308 has won this award."

This is good news for the company, as PSA Peugeot Citroën haven't been doing too well recently, having to get bailed out by the French Government and the Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng Motors. Each of them will be putting £660 million into PSA Peugeot Citroën in return for a stake in the company.

Either way, if you're looking for a new car, it is obvious that you should check out the 308. Be warned though, the dashboard layout isn't for everyone and the steering wheel is tiny, like it is designed for a child. However, there's a load of people who love the new design, so there you go.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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