• Genesis GV60, Land Rover Range Rover, Volkswagen ID. Buzz and Ferrari 296 are other segment winners.
  • Alcantara, official German car partner of the year, provides material for the interior of the compact Opel Astra.

MILAN, November 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The compact Opel Astra along with Genesis GV60, Land Rover Range Rover, VW ID. Buzz and the Ferrari 296 were the segment winners in the fifth annual competition German car programs of the year (GCOTY).

The overall winner, selected from five award categories by a jury of 30 motoring journalists, will be announced in early December. Car award categories include compact, premium, luxury, new energy and performance.

The Opal Astra is available with optional Alcantara® seats. “Made in Italy“the luxury brand is an official partner of GCOTY 2023.

“The Opal Astra is a clear winner in the compact segment, particularly in the ’emotional’ categories of driving pleasure, overall design and cabin comfort,” he said. Jens Miners, GCOTY Founder and Jury Member. “We were also pleased to note that the Astra is offered with ergonomic Alcantara seats as an option.”

The 2023 GCOTY program kicked off last July with a three-day program Summer festival in Alsfeld, Germany, for journalists and automakers. The competition is linked to other international award programs such as the World Car Awards, China Car Awards and of India Car and bike awards.

Alcantara Chairman and CEO Andrea Baraño noted that his company’s luxurious material is recognized for its soft touch, as well as technical qualities such as grip, light weight and breathability, which are especially appreciated by car enthusiasts.

“The quality of the Alcantara material is highly appreciated by the German press and car buyers in general,” added Baranjo. “They also share our strong and certified commitment to sustainable development.”

He noted that the company participated in 50 international compensation projects aimed at improving living conditions and expanding the use of renewable energy sources around the world. Alcantara also emphasizes the importance of sustainability with its suppliers.

In addition, the company has organized an annual symposium on sustainable development in partnership with Venice for the past six years. International University focus on environmental issues. Major corporations, international organizations, scientists, economists, government politicians and media from around the world participate in the program.

Miners added that the importance of sustainability in today’s vehicles cannot be overstated.

“Sustainable development is reflected in our Car of the Year criteria and in the choices made by our jury over the years,” Miners said. “We also share with Alcantara a vision of cars that will be much more sustainable in the future. Interior design, comfort and quality are also of great importance to all of us.”

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