20 Jan 2000

Yaris In Pole Position In Maxol Car Of The Year Awards

Yaris In Pole Position In Maxol Car Of The Year Awards

The stylish Toyota Yaris has been voted Maxol Northern Ireland Car of the Year by Ulster's Motoring Journalists. The decision of the judging panel, drawn from the Ulster Motoring Writers Association, follows last month’s victory for the Yaris in the European Car of the Year Awards.

Brian Donaldson, Group Marketing Manager of Maxol said: "This is the second year of the Maxol Car of the Year Awards and I believe that we have once again found some very worthy winners. As a locally owned oil company, with 412 filling stations throughout the North and South of Ireland, Maxol is delighted to support a local event that is both well established and respected by the motor industry worldwide."

Commenting on the announcement, Pat Burns, Chairman of the Ulster Motoring Writers’ Association and editor of CarSport said: "The Toyota Yaris epitomises what motoring will be about in this millennium; style, design, economy and safety. The Yaris has all of these features and sets new standards for the small car class."

Accepting the award for the Maxol Car of the Year, R Graham Smith, Managing Director of Toyota (GB) plc, said: "On behalf of Toyota colleagues in the UK, Europe and Japan, I am very pleased that the Yaris has been recognised by the UMWA. The car was designed in Europe, by Europeans for Europeans and will soon be built in Europe too. It is highly reassuring to see that in Northern Ireland, as in other places, this remarkable small car has achieved sales as well as critical acclaim. Thank you to all those who voted for its success."

The Yaris also picked up the Small Car class award, while the family car category was by the new Honda Accord. Volvo’s superbly equipped S80 T6 won the executive car category and the winner in the diesel car class was the HDi engined Citroen Xantia.

The ingenious Vauxhall Zafira took the top title in the leisure category, while the top sports car of the year was the head-turning Audi TT Coupe.

The Maxol Car of the Year Awards are open to any car manufacturer, distributor or retailer which provides test cars to members of the Ulster Motoring Writers’ Association.

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