Skoda has scored a hat-trick of awards including the Supreme Honour, Auto Express Car of the Year for the new Fabia at the Auto Express New Car Honours held in London on 21 June 2000.

The Fabia, which saw off hot competition from the Peugeot 206 and the Volkswagen Polo, was awarded the Honour for Best Supermini, before it was finally chosen from eighteen categories of Honours winners to take the prestigious Car of the Year title. The Fabia adds the Auto Express titles to its growing list of international accolades including What Car? Car of the Year 2000.

Talking about its Car of the Year, Auto Express said, "The impact the Czech hatchback made on the fiercely contested supermini market was almost unprecedented. It is everything a small hatchback should be and then some. A decade ago, no one would have believed our Supreme Honour winner could ever be a Skoda. And yet here we are with one of the most magical hatchbacks we've ever driven!'

When the new Skoda Fabia was launched in the UK in March this year it certainly raised the stakes in the supermini game. The Fabia sets new standards of build and component quality in this class and offers an unbeatable package of superb looks, spacious interior, 3 year mechanical warranty, 10 year anti-corrosion warranty and 3 year servicing package, all at the keenest of prices.

The most modern components and manufacturing techniques ensure the Fabia already meets tough emissions regulations not due to come into force until 2005 and exceeds all current safety and crash test requirements.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Skoda's final Honour, came for the Felicia. The Felicia took the title of Best Budget Car for a record sixth time - a fantastic achievement for Skoda's entry level model which has held this prestigious title every year since it went on sale