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Hyundai’s perfect i10 is Scottish Car of the Year 

THE new Hyundai i10 got the thumbs up from me in a News motoring write-up back in February, shortly after its UK launch.

And after sampling another model from the range recently I wasn’t a least bit surprised when it received the Scottish Car of the Year award at the end of last month.

It was fitting that myself and fellow members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers welcomed almost 200 motor industry representatives to the Fairmont St Andrews hotel for a glittering awards night – just two days before us Scots celebrated St Andrews Day on November 30.

The i10 was tops in the Small Car sector and roared ahead of the other 12 category winners to gain the coveted top trophy.

It was no small feat for this Hyundai as it was up against other stunning models.

The past year has seen no shortage of new arrivals on our roads and the task of selecting our trophy winners doesn’t get any easier.

Members vote for the individual category winner and then make their choice from these for the Car of the Year.

Other category winners were Mazda3 – Family; Citroen C4 Picasso – MPV; Lexus IS – Executive; SEAT Leon ST – Estate; Suzuki S-Cross – Crossover; Jeep Cherokee – SUV/4×4; McLaren 650S – Sports; Jaguar F-Type – Coupe; Audi A3 Cabriolet – Drop Top; VW Golf R – Hot Hatch; BMW 220d – Diesel; BMW i3 – Electric.

There are two other categories that are not eligible for the overall award – Design and Innovation and the newly-created Used Car.

Winners of these were the Jaguar XE and Ford Focus – the very first Scottish Car of the Year in 1998.

The new generation i10 is the first Hyundai to be crowned Scottish Car of the Year.

With prices starting at £8,595, the i10 offers excellent value and is a shining star in the small car sector with its impressive looks, quality materials and high-end features, including air conditioning and Bluetooth.

More than 110,00 previous i10 models were sold in the UK since its arrival in 2008.

And it continues to be a sales hit across the UK with over 22,000 of the New Generation model sold since it went on sale in January.

It is also Scotland’s favourite Hyundai model, achieving more than 2,200 sales so far this year.

ASMW president Alisdair Suttie summed up the winner: “Looking at the list of nominees and category winners, it’s clear it would take something special to win overall and the Hyundai i10 has everything.

“Great value, practical, affordable to own and hugely enjoyable to drive, it’s the perfect small car.”

Delighted Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “i10 has gone from strength to strength in 2014, impressing previous generation owners whilst simultaneously attracting new customers in the 11 months it has been on sale.

“I would like to thank the Scottish Group of Motoring Writers for recognising i10 as overall Scottish Car of the Year – it is a privilege to accept this award for the first time in the history of Hyundai Motor UK.

“It’s a testament to the brand’s progress in the last five years and a huge boost at the end of a remarkable year.”