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Video of the Day: British cars of the year pass in review

Budget Direct presents a video parade of the winners


Yesterday, we presented Australian auto insurance company Budget Direct’s video review of Motor Trend cars of the year. Today, the venue moves to England and the cars of the year as selected by What Car? magazine.

‘The Renault 20 TS was the first to win What Cars? COTY in 1978,” Budget Direct reports. “The Renault nameplate has won a total of three COTY awards so far, but Volkswagen is the most successful brand in the publication’s history, walking away with the COTY award six times as of 2020. Two more major German luxury carmakers, Audi and BMW, are tied with three wins each.

“The first-ever electric car to win What Car? Car of the Year was the Kia e-Niro First Edition in 2019. On the other hand, the Ford Puma was the first mild-hybrid vehicle to win COTY in 2020. The first SUV to win the What Car? COTY award was the first-generation Land Rover Freelander 1.8i in 1998.” 

On September 18, we’ll share Wheels magazine’s Australian car of the year winners.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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