Wednesday, 22 January 2014

What? Car of the Year Award 2014; Nissan Qashqai. Saga Norén's Porsche. Detroit Motor Show Ford F Series.

The Bridge
Sofia Helin as Saga Norén and Kim Bodnia as Martin Rohde in The Bridge.
The Porsche has rapidly acquired cult status online

Cars are much in the news, and BBC4 viewers of the gripping Swedish detective programme The Bridge are equating Saga's 1970s Porsche with detective Morse's famous old Jaguar. 

Ford's new F-150 pick-up truck

The Detroit motor show 2014 has just introduced the latest Ford F-series pickup, which has been produced continually for the last 66 years and is one of the best-selling vehicles of all time in the US. . Like the winner of the What? Car of the Year 2014, the Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD, the latest Ford F-150 has a 360-degree camera which shows the car and its position from above.

Jato's latest figures for new cars sold in 2013 show that Great Britain had the largest annual volume increase in Europe, growing by 10.8%. The Volkswagen Golf was still the best-selling car in Europe last year.

Our 2014 Car of the Year - the all-new Nissan Qashqai

What? Car of the year and Best Small SUV Award 2014 
Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD      
Price: £20,840

What? Car has just named the Nissan Qashqai Car of the Year 2014 at the 37th annual What Car? Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1. It is the first time Nissan has won the coveted title. What Car? editor Chas Hallett explained:  "the Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety. Nissan has thought of every last detail, and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car?’s Car of the Year. 

The Qashqai is packed with technology including a state-of-the-art 360-degree camera and Intelligent Park Assist.

What? Car has the most wonderful photos of the winners: Hot Hatch or others could easily win a photography award.

Best city car 2014 - Hyundai i10
Best City Car 
Hyundai i10 1.0 65 SE  
Price: £9,295 
Best small car 2014 - Ford Fiesta
Best Small Car   
Ford Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr   
                       Price: £14,495                             

Best family car 2014 - Skoda Octavia
     Best Family Car
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE  
Price: £17,190
Best coupe 2014 - BMW 4 Series
          Best Coupé                  
BMW 435i M Sport auto    
Price: £42,960 
Best estate car 2014 - VW Golf
Best Estate car
    Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion Tech        
Price: £21,735
Best MPV 2014 - Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Best MPV 2014
       Citroën Grand C4  Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive 
Price: £23,255
Best hot hatch 2014 - Ford Fiesta ST
Best Hot Hatch 2014
 Ford Fiesta ST-2
Price: £17,995
Best green car 2014 - BMW i3
Best Green Car
BMW i3
Price: £25,680

Best open-top car 2014 - Audi A3 Cabriolet
Best Open-Top Car 2014
Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TSi S Line 
Price: £28,790

Best large SUV 2014 - Range Rover Sport
Best Large SUV 2014
Range Rover Sport  
Price: £59,995
Best executive car 2014 - Audi A3 Saloon
Best Executive Car 2014
                 Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDi Sport 
Price: £24,275
Best sports car 2014 - Porsche Boxster
Best Sports Car 
Porsche Boxster 2.7   
Price: £38,237
Best luxury car 2014 - Mercedes S-Class
Best Luxury Car 2014
Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec L SE Line    
Price: £65,650
Car of the Year Reader Award 2014 - Nissan X-Trail
Reader Award
Readers voted the Nissan X-Trail  as the most exciting car
Price: To be  confirmed