Earth-shattering news: the Czech Republic has announced its 2009 Car of the Year, and the winner is… the Skoda Superb!
Now then. The Superb is, indubitably, a fine car: sensible, spacious, good value. But Car of the Year? In a year that saw the launch of the VW Scirocco, the Toyota iQ and the KTM X-Bow (all of which we just happened to give TG Car of the Year Awards to – take a look at our full list for more)?
The Superb’s victory was decided, we’re told, by a 700,000-strong public vote and a 23 member jury of prominent People from the Czech Republic. People from the Czech Republic must care an awful lot about having a saloon-hatch dual bootlid system.
We wouldn’t want to accuse the fine, upstanding Czechs of being any other than completely impartial and non-nationalistic in their voting choice, but it does reek a little bit of the Eurovision points-giving, doesn’t it? What next? The Italians voting the Fiat Sedici as their car of the year? In fact, that’s quite possible.
NB: We’ve just been informed that the Superb was also named as the Caravan Club’s ‘Towcar of the Year 2008’. We apologise for any previous scepticism.