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Volvo XC90 scoops Scottish car of the year title

VOLVO'S XC90 sports utility vehicle (pictured) has won the Scottish Car of the Year Award.

Hugh Reid, Volvo Cars UK managing director, collected the award from Graeme Giles, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, at a gala dinner held in St Andrews.

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The winner was chosen by the association from more than 50 models launched during the past 12 months. They were assessed on a range of qualities, including performance, safety and value for money.

Giles said: 'The Volvo XC90 was the clear winner both in the Sports Utility Vehicle category and of the overall Scottish Car of the Year Award.

'Considering this is Volvo's first foray into the segment, the XC90 is an outstanding achievement. It also represents excellent value for money – and that is always a key consideration with Scots car buyers!'

Accepting the award, Reid said: 'To win Scottish Car of the Year really is a very special honour and will mean a great deal to the teams who developed, launched and built the XC90.

'We are delighted with the success of the XC90. It is in huge demand and we are doing our best to secure additional supplies.'

Other winners on the night were the Nissan 350Z in the sporting car class, Hyundai Getz in the small car category, the Renault Espace for the best MPV, Jaguar XJ in the luxury car category, the Honda Accord in the family category and Skoda Fabia for best diesel.

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