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C5 collects early gongs for Citroen
By Chris. Gable
Thursday February 14 2002

Just when you thought the spotlights were fixed firmly on Hollywood, Citroen has announced that its C5 has scooped both European Car 2002 and International Car 2002 awards.
The European award was made by the association of Italian and European motoring writers, UIGA.

And, days later, a jury of motoring journalists from America, Europe and Asia voted the sedan and estate International Car 2002.

It's the second year running the European motor noters have awarded Citroen – the Xsara Picasso won last year.

The C5 nudged out Peugeot's 307 to claim this year's award, with 469 points to 446. Third was Fiat's Stilo, with 364 points.

The main criteria for the UIGA award was the most significant advance in car design and technology.

Organised by Italian magazine Motor, the jury of leading motoring writers gave the C5 its international award, bestowing big ticks for its combination of high technology, comfort, environmental features, safety, security and luxury features.

Understandably, Australian Citroen distributor Ateco is crowing about the awards. It also distributes Alfa Romeo here, you see. And, as you'll know from the clever print ads around its Australian launch time, the 147 is the reigning European Car of the Year.