NEW CITROËN BERLINGO WINS 2019 AUTOBEST AWARD
New Citroën Berlingo has won the Autobest Best Buy Car of Europe 2019 Award, beating off fierce competition from six rivals. This Title rewards the best buy car in 2019 as voted by 31 judges from 31 European countries. The jury was impressed by the spaciousness and practicality of the third generation Citroën Berlingo – the ideal leisure activity vehicle for the whole family.
New Citroën Berlingo has won the Best Buy Car of Europe 2019 Award. The leisure activity vehicle (LAV) was voted Best Buy Car alongside the Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life.
Every year since 2001, Autobest has recognised the car receiving the highest number of votes from 31 esteemed motoring journalists representing 31 European countries. The cars are assessed on 13 criteria, including value for money, design, comfort and technology, as well as service quality and spare parts availability in the retail network.
This is the first time in Autobest history that the "Best Buy Car of Europe" prize has been awarded to the same manufacturer two years in a row. Following in the footsteps of last year's winner - Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV - New Citroën Berlingo fought off strong competition to win the 18th edition of the award, on the strength of its modernised design together with its technologies and selection of latest-generation engines, bringing a true breath of fresh air to the leisure activity vehicle segment. Inspired by customer feedback, the new generation perfectly illustrates the Citroën brand promise of ‘Inspired by You’. New Citroën Berlingo is an adaptive model that stands apart as a smart buy for families or seniors, who will be impressed by the vehicle’s modularity, spaciousness and practicality.
The award, which recognises the passenger car derivative of New Berlingo, adds to the prestigious title of International Van of the Year 2019 earned by its light commercial vehicle counterpart, New Citroën Berlingo Van, in September at the Hanover Motor Show.
The top-selling Citroën model in nearly 17 countries in 2017, Berlingo remains the second best-selling Citroën model behind C3. In total, over 3.3 million units have been produced since it was first launched in 1996. Now with a more modern look and featuring all the styling cues of the refreshed Citroën range, New Berlingo is an integral part of the Brand's renewal. More than 13,000 orders have been placed for New Citroën Berlingo since it was launched in September 2018, and it is sure to make a major contribution to Citroën’s growing sales. With over 690,000 registrations in Europe as of the end of October (the best result in seven years), Citroën sales are up 6% in Europe, more than triple the market average.
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Citroën is an international automotive brand with a full range of cars and light commercial vehicles at the heart of the mainstream market. Founded in 1919, Citroën has made its mark through its bold and creative approach to automotive design. These values are harnessed in the pursuit of well-being, with fresh solutions to the changing demands of customers in each era. Today, Citroën is reinventing itself with models such as C3 and the C3 Aircross compact SUV that place an emphasis on design, comfort and intelligent technology, bringing a breath of fresh air to the automotive landscape. As a people-minded brand, Citroën is proud to offer products that take inspiration directly from its customers, the spirit of which is highlighted in its brand signature ‘Inspired By You’. The brand also offers a unique customer experience with its city store concept ‘La Maison Citroën’ and its online opinion site ‘Citroën Advisor’. With 10,000 customer contact points in almost 80 countries worldwide, Citroën sold more than 1.1 million vehicles in 2016. Citroën has also amassed eight Manufacturers’ titles in the FIA World Rally Championship and three consecutive Manufacturers’ titles in the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016.