Volvo Car UK celebrates stunning record awards success in 2018

• 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:

Month

Awards

Winner

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

DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 Awards

XC40 – Car of the Year

DieselCar and EcoCar 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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