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Skoda voted best car manufacturer

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Skoda has been named the best vehicle manufacturer at the 2010 What Car? Readers Awards, with BMW's 1 Series Coupe topping the best car category.

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Porsche was named the second best manufacturer, while Daihatsu came in third.

Land Rover Defender was the runner-up in the best car category, followed by the Alfa Romeo Mito.

Saab was judged the worst overall manufacturer, while Ford Focus CC (Coupe Cabriolet) ended up as the worst car overall.

What Car? editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: "The results suggest that no-one ever regrets buying a 1 Series Coupe, with the vast majority of readers dishing out a full five-star verdict.

"The entry-level BMW was complimented for its driving ability as well as its fuel consumption. It's a worthy winner."

The poll of 30,000 What Car? magazine readers saw Alfa Romeo Mito being judged the best supermini, while Mercedes-Benz CLS topped the executive and luxury category.

Other winners at the awards include Land Rover Defender in the best crossover and 4x4 category, Mini Clubman in the estate segment and Skoda Octavia in the small family class.

Lotus Elise was voted the best open top, Volkswagen's Passat CC as the best family/compact executive and Ford C-Max as the best MPV.

© Press Association 2010