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Citroen (along with Peugeot and Opel) picks up Autobest award

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:49pm

The new Citroen Berlingo has won the Autobest Best Buy Car of Europe 2019 Award, beating off fierce competition from six rivals to land the coveted award.

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 Berlingo – the ideal leisure activity vehicle for the whole family.

The leisure activity vehicle (LAV) was voted Best Buy Car alongside its fellow triplets, the Peugeot Rifter and Opel 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 - Citroen C3 Aircross SUV - the 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 Citroen brand promise of ‘Inspired by You’.

The 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 the new Berlingo, adds to the prestigious title of International Van of the Year 2019 earned by its light commercial vehicle counterpart, the Berlingo Van, in September at the Hanover Motor Show.

The top-selling Citroen model in nearly 17 countries in 2017, Berlingo remains the second best-selling Citroen 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 Citroen range, the Berlingo is an integral part of the brand's renewal.

More than 13,000 orders have been placed for the Berlingo since it was launched in September 2018, and it is certainly set to make a major contribution to Citroen’s growing sales.

With over 690,000 registrations in Europe as of the end of October (the best result in seven years), Citroen sales are up six per cent in Europe, more than triple the market average.

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