• Volvo achieves a record-breaking year of awards, with 43 significant honours received in the UK in 2018
• On the international stage, Volvo's new SUVs excelled, with the XC40 named European Car of the Year and the XC60 acclaimed as World Car of the Year
• Seven UK manufacturer/brand of the year titles, plus multiple car of the year and category award successes
• Range of awards spans all areas of motoring, including technology, business/fleet, towing, safety, practicality and used cars
Volvo enjoyed a year of unprecedented awards success in the UK in 2018, receiving 43 major honours from the media, motoring organisations and the wider creative industry. The stunning scale of achievement was reflected internationally, too, with the Volvo XC40 premium compact SUV named European Car of the Year and the XC60 mid-size SUV acclaimed as the World Car of the Year.
The honours list included manufacturer and brand of the year titles for Volvo, notably from the consumer organisation Which?, along with carwow, BusinessCar, Motor Trader and AM (Automotive Management).
There were awards for all three Volvo SUVs, with the new mid-size XC60 claiming 12, including UK Car of the Year, Best Car from Auto Trader and Best Large SUV from Fleet World. The XC60 also claimed three trophies from the Caravan and Motorhome Club, including Towcar of the Year, while the T8 Twin Engine version was named DrivingElectric's Large Plug-in Hybrid of the Year.
The compact XC40 was equally successful, also winning a tally of 12 awards, including the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year title, BBC TopGear Magazine's Sensible SUV of the Year and Auto Express's Small Premium SUV class win. It was hailed as a 'Game Changer' of the year by Autocar as well.
It wasn't just SUVs revelling in the glory, though. Later in the year, the launch of the new V60 premium estate delivered further success, with family car awards from Parkers and News UK, and the Practicality Award from carwow. It was also named Estate Car of the Year in the Scottish Car of the Year Awards and best Compact Executive by Carbuyer.
Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "This exceptional run of awards is humbling, but each one is appreciated for the vote of confidence it represents in what we are doing to extend the all-round strength and appeal of our brand. With more exciting new products in the pipeline, we remain committed to doing even more in the future to deliver cars that take design, technology and desirability to even higher levels."
The awards in detail:
|January||UK Car of the Year||XC60 – Best Medium Crossover|
|Company Car Today CCT100||XC90 – Large SUV of the Year|
|Company Car Today CCT100||V40 – Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year|
|What Car? Awards||XC40 – Car of the Year|
|What Car? Awards||XC40 – Best Family SUV|
|What Car? Awards||XC60 – Safety Award|
|February||AM Awards||Volvo – Manufacturer of the Year|
|AM Awards||XC60 – New Car of the Year|
|Fleet World Honours||XC60 – Best Large SUV|
|UK Car of the Year Awards||XC60 – UK Car of the Year|
|March||Car of the Year Awards||XC40 – European Car of the Year|
|World Car Awards||XC60 – World Car of the Year|
|ExpertEye Awards||Volvo – Best Fleet Manufacturer|
|May||Diesel Car and Eco Car Top 50 Awards||XC40 – Car of the Year|
|Diesel Car and Eco Car Top 50 Awards||XC40 – Best Medium SUV|
|Autocar Awards||XC40 – Game Changer|
|Which? Awards||Volvo – Car Brand of the Year|
|Auto Trader New Car Awards||XC60 – Best Car Launched in the Last Year|
|June||Tow Car Awards||XC40 – Best Family SUV|
|Car Dealer Power Awards||‘Human Made Stories’ – Manufacturer Marketing Initiative of the Year|
|July||Auto Express New Car Awards||XC40 – Small Premium SUV of the Year|
|Auto Express New Car Awards||XC60 T8 Twin Engine – Premium Hybrid Car of the Year|
|Motor Trader Industry Awards||Volvo – Carmaker of the Year|
|Co-op Insurance Safest Used Cars Awards||V40 – Safest Used Car for Families|
|September||BusinessCar Awards||Volvo – Manufacturer of the Year|
|BusinessCar Awards||XC40 – New Company Car of the Year|
|BusinessCar Awards||XC40 – Best Compact SUV|
|BusinessCar Awards||XC90 – Best Large SUV|
|Parkers New Car Awards||V60 – Best Large Family Car|
|Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year||XC60 – Towcar of the Year|
|Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year||XC60 – Best Family Towcar|
|Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year||XC60 – Best Towcar, caravan weight 1500kg-1700kg|
|Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year||XC40 – Best Towcar, caravan weight 1350kg-1500kg|
|October||News UK Motor Awards||V60 – Family Car of the Year|
|carwow Car of the Year Awards||Volvo – Manufacturer of the Year|
|carwow Car of the Year Awards||V60 – Practicality Award|
|Campaign Big Awards||‘Human Made Stories: Music of the Mind’ – Winner, Automotive|
|November||Scottish Car of the Year Awards||V60 – Estate Car of the Year|
|GreenFleet Awards||Volvo – PHEV Manufacturer of the Year|
|BBC TopGear Magazine Awards||XC40 – Sensible SUV of the Year|
|Carbuyer Awards||V60 – Compact Executive Car of the Year|
|DrivingElectric Awards||XC60 T8 Twin Engine – Large Plug-in Hybrid of the Year|
|tve Global Sustainability Film Awards||‘Defiant Pioneers Stories: The Unseen Ocean’ – Transforming Society|
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