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by Tim Beissmann

The Škoda Yeti has been named the 2010 Car of the Year by the Czech Motoring Journalists Club (KMN), beating home the Opel Astra and the Mercedes E-Class.

The Yeti became the first Czech-made SUV when it was launched locally in mid-July and has gone on to sell more than 2400 units in its homeland and more than 13,500 worldwide.

Central Europe’s head of Škoda sales, Jan Hurt, said being crowned as the first SUV to win the KMN award was an achievement the entire company was excited about.

“Achieving what no other SUV car has achieved so far shows that we are on the right track with the Yeti.

“Three months after the launch in the Czech market, the car became the best selling SUV here,” she said.

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The Yeti scored 223 points compared to the Astra’s 146 and 143 for the E-Class against a range of criteria including design, safety, economy, drivability, environmental standards and price.

Hurt said the KMN COTY would sit proudly in the cabinet alongside the Auto Bild Golden Steering Wheel award from Switzerland and Austria and the Auto Trophy from Germany as the most popular imported vehicle.

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Last month Škoda Australia told CarAdvice that efforts to bring the Yeti down under were advanced and that it would hopefully arrive in the second half of 2010.




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