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THE Audi A3 Sportback has scooped the car of the year crown at the annual What Car? awards. It also took the Small Family Car title.

Ford collected four gongs, the Fiesta winning the supermini category, the Mondeo being named the best family car, the Mondeo Estate as top estate car and the Focus ST-1 the best hot hatch.

That's in the same week as latest industry figures confirm the company has sold the most cars in the UK for 36 consecutive years.

Three trophies went to the BMW Group, its X3 taking the SUV award while the BMW 320d ED automatic picked up the executive car crown and the MINI Roadster Cooper S was named best open-top car.

Sports Car of the Year went to the Porsche Boxster 2.7 while the MPV award was won for the third year running by the SEAT Alhambra.

The Audi TT extended its run of success by being named best coupe for the seventh time.

The British-built Range Rover was crowned Luxury Car of the Year and the Volkswagen up! retained its City Car of the Year title.

Mazda was awarded the Ultra-low-carbon Award for its fuel-saving Skyactiv technology, which shows how a radical rethink can deliver gains without the need for more expensive hybrid and fully electric systems.

And with a nod to the future, the Alfa Romeo 4C was voted most exciting car for 2013.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback.

“It sets a new benchmark and is keenly priced, a combination that makes it a worthy Car of the Year.”

And he added: “Ford really is building great cars. Its cars look good, are great to drive, reliable and make great buys.”

Author: Mike Torpey
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