Phoenix Brands triumph at Scotland Car of the Year Awards

Friday night The Fairmount in St Andrews hosted the annual Scotland Car of the Year Awards (SCOTY) and on the lead up to the ceremony there was an impressive list of contenders for the award. The Hyundai i10 proved to be too strong for the rest as it went on to claim the Scotland Car of the Year Award by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers.

Alisdair Suttie, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: “The fact that Hyundai i10 not only won its category but also the overall Scottish Car of the Year accolade – ahead of many significantly more expensive newcomers – is a true testament to this car’s strengths.

"Hyundai i10 is perfectly placed to appeal to a Scottish audience, particularly for private buyers parting with their own cash, showing that drivers no longer need to make sacrifices when downsizing.”

Hyundai has sold over 2,200 new i10’s since its launch in January and here at Phoenix we are proud to have played a part. We anticipated the car was going to be success as it went from strength to strength after its launch in our showrooms and in our pop up store back in

It wasn’t all about the Hyundai at the awards on Friday night though as Mazda ran out winners for the ‘Family Car’ category with their Mazda 3 scooping the award. The Mazda 3 has been another one of our cars that has been in hot demand since its release and the judges of the SCOTY Awards were on hand to praise the cars styling, driving dynamics, quality, performance and efficiency as it also came runner up in the ‘Diesel’ catergory.

Mazda is no stranger to the SCOTY awards. In 2012, the Mazda CX-5 won the 'Safety' award, and in 2013 the Mazda6 2.2-litre topped the 'Eco' award honours list.

This year's battle for 'Family Car' honours was amongst the closest in SCOTY history, with three all-new cars from popular brands -the all-new Mazda3, Citroen Cactus and Peugeot 308.

“Mazdas have always been a big hit with private buyers in Scotland,” said Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) President Alisdair Suttie. “Both the Hatchback and Fastback models impress,” he continued. “The interior's by far the best of any Mazda to date, new SKYACTIV engines deliver strong performance with low emissions, and the diesel is exceptional.”

Its victory in one of the most significant categories in the SCOTY awards reinforces just how compelling a proposition the all-new Mazda3 makes for both private buyers and company car drivers in Scotland.

The SX4 S-Cross was awarded Crossover of the Year on the night also which we were extremely proud of also.

S-Cross was judged by the 15 members of the association, scoring the most points in the Crossover category and achieving the third award for Suzuki since the SCOTYs were launched.

Alisdair Suttie, President of the ASMW said “Suzuki’s SX4 S-Cross drew our eye with its good looks and sealed the deal with its excellent value for money, spacious cabin, engaging drive and generous equipment levels. The fact that it launched with class-leading emissions didn’t go unnoticed among the judges either.”

Dale Wyatt, Sales and Marketing Director, Suzuki commented “We are all delighted that the association have announced the SX4 S-Cross as their Crossover of the Year – The opinion of the Scottish media is very important to us, and it is great the SX4 S-Cross has been recognised with this prestigious award.”

Why not come and try out the award-winning models for yourself?