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New car awards with a difference slant

The winners of the inaugural News UK Motor Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres, were announced last week. It makes for interesting reading, and certainly, I can say with some certainty, that it would be very different in many categories, if it was was voted on in Ireland.

Dog friendly Car of the Year- Land Rover Discovery

The awards supposedly recognise innovation across all motoring segments from luxury to LCVs, city cars and SUVs and are judged by readers as well as automotive journalists across the London Times, Sunday Times, the Sun and TalkSport.

Over 200,000 reader votes were cast, choosing from shortlists selected by their motoring experts.

Jeremy Clarkson, key reviewer for The Sunday Times and presenter of The Grand Tour, was named Motoring Personality of the Year. He named his Car of the Year as the Lamborghini Huracán Performante at the awards evening.

Other winners include the Jaguar I-Pace, which was named The Sunday Times Car of the Year, and the Ford Fiesta ST, which was named The Sun Car of the Year.

In full, the award winners are:

Family Car of the Year: Volvo V60
Adventure Car of the Year: Mercedes-AMG G 63
Commuter Car of the Year: VW Golf GTE
City/ Small Car of the Year: MINI 5-door Hatch
Sports Car of the Year: Aston Martin Vantage
SUV/ Crossover of the year: Range Rover Velar
Dog friendly Car of the Year: Land Rover Discovery
Green Car of the Year: Jaguar I-PACe
Car Tech of the Year: BMW wireless charging mat
Best Designed Car of the Year: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Motorbike of the Year: Ducati Panigale V4
Value Car of the Year: Dacia Duster
Hot Hatch of the Year: Honda Civic Type R
Van/ Pick-up of the Year: Ford Transit Custom
The Sun Car of the Year: Ford Fiesta ST
The Sunday Times Car of the Year: Jaguar I-PACE
Luxury Car of the Year: Bentley Continental GT
British-built Car of the Year: Nissan Qashqai
Jeremy Clarkson Car of the Year: Lamborghini Huracán Performante.