Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Named 2009 European Car of the Year

The news has been pretty grim over at GM the past few weeks, but one thing the automaker can celebrate is that the 2009 Opel/ Vauxhall Insignia has been named the 2009 European Car of the Year.

The Insignia achieved the award by a mere one point (321) over the 2nd place finisher, the Ford Fiesta (320). The bronze winner was the VW Golf with 223 points. This is the first win for the Opel brand in 22 years.

“We are extremely proud the Insignia has been named Car of the Year,” said Hans Demant, Managing Director of Opel and Vice President of Engineering for General Motors Europe. “This is confirmation of the hard work of our designers, engineers and workers; and their commitment to quality that makes the Insignia a true flagship for our brand.”

21 out of 23 of the 23 journalists that decided the award voted for the Insignia as the number one vehicle.

The Opel/ Vauxhall Insignia is going to be the basis for the next Saturn Aura.

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