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    • Ford Fiesta wins Diesel Car, Used Car of the Year 2012
    • Ford grabs four awards across nine categories
    • Nissan Qashqai wins best medium car 2012
    • Toyota Prius wins best eco car 2012
    • Two British built cars pick up awards

    Used car of the YearDiesel Car magazine is pleased to reveal the winners of its used car of the year awards 2012, with Ford’s Fiesta snapping up the top spot. Toyota’s Prius grabs the top spot for Best Used Eco Car 2012.

    The used car market is a crowded one, and with money so tight, it is even more important than ever to make sure that you choose the very best and don’t end up with a duffer. This year’s awards are sponsored by Evolution Chips, one of the leaders in the diesel engine tuning industry, and encompass nine categories with an overall winner.

    In announcing the winners, Ian Robertson, editor of Diesel Car Magazine said “I’m really pleased to be able to announce the Ford Fiesta as Diesel Car’s Used Car of the Year 2012.” He went on to say, “The Fiesta suits all budgets and is the right car for the times. From youngsters as a first time buy, right the way up to families looking for a second car, it totally fits the bill.”

    As well as grabbing overall winner with the Fiesta, and best small car, Ford also hit the headlines grabbing three other awards for best large car, best estate car and best MPV courtesy of the Mondeo, Mondeo Estate and S-MAX respectively. Nissan’s British built Qashqai gained the title of best medium car, while the previous generation BMW 5 Series stole the best executive car award, beating the Jaguar XF and BMW 3 Series to the top spot.

    Land Rover’s Freelander 2 adds the best 4×4 to its long list of accolades, and Audi’s TT is named best sports car. Toyota’s previous model Prius beat the current generation Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 400h to be named best eco car.

    The Used Car Awards issue of Diesel Car magazine goes on sale online, at iTunes and in all good newsagents on Thursday 15th March.

    Diesel Car, Used Car of the Year Award Winners 2012

    Best small car Ford Fiesta (2008 onwards)
    Best medium car Nissan Qashqai (2007 onwards)
    Best large car Ford Mondeo (2007 onwards)
    Best executive car BMW 5 Series (2004 to 2010)
    Best estate car Ford Mondeo Estate (2007 onwards)
    Best MPV Ford S-MAX (2006 onwards)
    Best 4×4 Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006 onwards)
    Best sports car Audi TT (2008 onwards)
    Best eco car Toyota Prius (2004 to 2009)
    Used Car of the Year 2012 Ford Fiesta

    About Diesel Car Magazine Diesel Car magazine is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, focussing on the diesel car market, including alternatively fuelled and eco-friendly vehicles. Briefly known as What Diesel, the magazine has gone through a series of changes and is steered by editor, Ian Robertson. Diesel Car magazine has a long list of established and well respected writers who deliver all the very best news and views on the diesel car market. Published every four weeks, Diesel Car delivers test verdicts on every new car, and reports results that are concerned with the real world environment, and not how fast it goes around corners, or how exciting it is to go sideways.