Auto Express Product Awards reveals best car kit on the market and motorists vote for must-have gadgets in Readers’ Award –

London, Wednesday 9th May 2012: This year’s Auto Express Product Awards has revealed the gadget most British drivers couldn’t live without – their sat-navs. Over a quarter of the votes cast for the Readers’ Award on named the GPS system as their must-have in-car gadget, beating even air-con and in-car audio systems.

Auto Express judges gave their top award for Product of the Year to digital radio specialist Pure for its revolutionary Highway 300Di – a clever new gadget that can add DAB and iPod connectivity to any in-car stereo.

Other winners included Essex-based Bilt-Hamber which won three awards for its cleaning products, TomTom for best smartphone app, Turtle Wax for best wax, Goodyear for best summer tyre and Continental for best winter tyre.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “With many car owners holding onto their cars for longer, keeping them pristine is critical to maximising their value at resale time. The Auto Express Product Awards is a chance for us to acknowledge the very best products out there for our readers to add value to their cars.”

The full list of winners will be revealed in Auto Express on sale on 9th May.

2012 Product Awards

Big Awards

Product of the Year 2012- Pure Highway 300Di Readers’ Award – Best car accessory– Sat-nav


  1. Best Tyre – Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  2. Best Winter tyre – Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830 P
  3. Best Headlamp Bulb – Philips X-tremeVision
  4. Best Portable Sat-Nav – Garmin nüLink! 1695LMU
  5. Best FM transmitter – Logic3 MIP168KX
  6. Best Hands-free kit – Jabra EasyGo
  7. Best Battery charger – CTEK MXS 3.6
  8. Best Atlas – A-Z Great Britain Road Atlas
  9. Best Tool Bag – Halfords Large Tool Bag with Tray
  10. Best Pressure Washer – Hozelock Heavy Duty 150
  11. Best Roof Box – Kamei Husky XXL
  12. Best App – TomTom UK & Ireland

Car Care

  1. Best Wax – Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Paste Polish
  2. Best Wheel cleaner – Bilt-Hamber auto-wheel
  3. Best Tyre shine – CarPlan Tyre Slik
  4. Best Bumper Shine – Simoniz Back to Black ‘New Look’ Bumper Shine
  5. Best Leather cleaner – CarPlan Leather Connoisseur Renovation Kit
  6. Best Upholstery cleaner – Comma Interior Cleaner
  7. Best Trim cleaner – Comma Interior Cleaner
  8. Best Clay bar – Bilt-Hamber auto-clay regular
  9. Best Screenwash – Halfords Screen Wash
  10. Best PW shampoo – Bilt-Hamber Surfex HD