Mégane II has won the much-coveted "Car of the Year 2003" award, granted by an international jury of 58 motoring journalists. No fewer than 30 new models were competing for the award. This is the fifth time that Renault has won this top honour.
Mégane II has been voted "Car of the Year 2003" by a jury of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries. Mégane II scored a total of 322 points, coming in ahead of the Mazda 6 (302 points) and Citroën C3 (214 points).
In all, 30 new models were in the running for the 2003 award. The members of the jury praised the expressive design of Mégane II in what is usually a conservative market segment.
They were also particularly appreciative of the new model's ride and handling qualities – dynamic behaviour, braking and comfort were all considered exemplary – and its highly sophisticated passive safety system. Indeed, Mégane II claims best-in-class performance and is looking to score five stars in the crash tests conducted by the independent body Euro NCAP.