The Award for Best ABC Car of the Year This year it reaches its 49th edition. During these almost 50 years cars have evolved. At the time when the award was born, concepts such as electrification, autonomous car or connected vehicle sounded like “science fiction.” Today, the vehicle is asked for things that go beyond the possibility of moving from one place to another.
In the 2021 edition they are eligible for the award twelve candidates fighting to unite their name to the list of forty-eight models that have triumphed throughout history. ABC readers can join the professional jury to choose the winning model. To participate in the vote [PINCHA AQUÍ], and after choosing your favorite you can gain the experience of drive the winning model for 6 months.
Candidates for the ABC Award for Best Car of the Year 2021 are: Audi Q2, Ford Kuga, Honda e, Hyundai i20, Kia X-Ceed, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Seat León, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen ID.3 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Among all of them, only one is called to be part of history, just like the first winners we met today; from the Renault 5 al Ford Escort.
Renault 5 in 1973
The Renault 5 was the first vehicle to receive the title and one of the most important automobiles of the last quarter century. Tremendously popular, he managed to be a sales leader for many years and evolved in his ways, while always maintaining the same style.
It had a price of around 132,500 pesetas. Its successor in the Renault range took its same name and has been in production until the arrival of the Clio. The second classified of that year was Seat 127, followed by Simca 1200.
Citroën GS in 1974
This Citroën GS was a very innovative family in its time. Not only because of its aerodynamic shapes and its three-volume structure, two characteristics that were out of the ordinary at the time, but also because of the sophisticated hydropneumatic suspension system that made it one of the smoothest and most efficient passenger cars.
The body height adjustment made it an invaluable car for driving on rough roads. Buying a GS at that time cost about 163,500 pesetas. Second and third place in this 1974 edition went to two Seat, the 1800 and the 1430.
Simca 1200 from 1975
It was the third time that the title was taken by a French brand, such as Simca, but it was already under the orbit of Chrysler and was manufactured at the Barreiros factory in Villaverde. The 1200 was a front-wheel drive medium-type station wagon with a large interior and cargo capacity, which became very popular and performed well for its displacement.
Another French, the Renault 7 (a three-volume derived from the Renault 5) and the Seat 132, completed the podium that year. The Simca went for about 151,700 pesetas.
Seat 131 and 1976
Seat, which then dominated the national market, managed to enter its name on the list for the first time with the 131, built under license from Fiat and which was a true best-seller in Spain, with numerous versions.
Its three-volume body was of a very classic cut and this was the source of a large part of its success, as it was very popular with the public and it was the taxi par excellence in all the capitals of the country. The second position according to the votes of the jury went to the Seat 1200 Sport. Third, the new generation of Renault 5. A Seat 131 had a price of 22,800 pesetas.
Citroën CX from 1977
Although it was late with respect to its world presentation, the Citroën CX was a revolution in the national market due to its excellent level of finishes, its great interior capacity and the enormous shapes of its body, where aerodynamics played a fundamental role.
The hydropneumatic suspension based on VHM liquid, once again gave Citroën a differentiating element compared to the competition. Of course, that differentiation was noticeable in the price, since a CX had a price of 557,632 pesetas. Given these arguments, nothing could do the third classified, the very popular Renault 12, followed by Simca 1200.
Chrysler 150 in 1978
Those were the days when Chrysler took off in Spain, which had acquired the Villaverde plant and, with the 150, was offering Spanish families a very spacious multipurpose car with a large rear gate that enlarged the luggage area.
Later a version with three volumes would come out, which had less acceptance, although the same robustness that characterized all 150. Its price was 381,600 pesetas. The second position was for the second generation of the Seat 127, and third place for Seat 128.
Renault 18 in 1979
It was one of the greatest successes of Renault, and his figure quickly became highly appreciated throughout the country. The Renault 18, with a very classic cut and a fairly generous cabin, was the car of the average Spanish family and became popular as it was widely used as a taxi throughout our geography.
Again the victory went to the hands of cars considered great in their time. Its price, according to versioens, was around 471,500 pesetas. The second place of that year 1979, closing the decade, would go to the Peugeot 504, and the third position for the Seat Supermirafiori, an evolution of 131.
Seat Ritmo from 1980
Another Fiat product manufactured in our country under the license of Seat. This is the Ritmo, which, with its round headlights, provided design variations and a fairly modern air. It was, in addition, a very well conceived medium-type vehicle and at an adjusted price for its good finish and its benefits.
The Ritmo lasted many years in the market, and was even transformed until it became the Ronda. Some 608,572 pesetas of the time had to be paid for it. The second and third positions were for the Talbot 150 and the Citroën GSA
1981 Talbot Horizon
Those were times of change within the Villaverde factory, and the Talbot brand was reborn, glorious in times past, which is reincarnated with the Horizon. A medium-sized car, but its two-volume structure and good design made it very spacious inside.
It had a wide range of high-performance engines, especially diesel, in addition to being sold at a very affordable price, for about 634,000 pesetas. The Peugeot 505 He was on the verge of obtaining the award, in second position.
Ford Escort in 1982
It was the second passenger car to come out of the Almussafes plant, which went into production in 1976. The Escort provided a superb interior finish and a full range of possibilities, including a coupé and later a convertible.
It has been one of the great milestones of Ford in the world, comparable to its successor, the Focus. The Escort cost 1,239,000 pesetas. The Talbot Solara got second place, and Citroën Visa the third.