The Auto Express New Car Awards winners have today been announced with 5 awards going to Skoda – the Skoda Yeti getting Car of the Year. The awards ceremony which was held yesterday was watched by a VIP audience from the automotive industry. The evening saw Skoda win 5 awards overall, which included the Skoda Yeti winning Car of the Year and Best Crossover Award and also saw the Skoda Superb claim a win in the Best Family Car and Best Estate Car categories. Skoda also took the Driver Power Award for reliability and general owner satisfaction. Commenting on Skoda’s achievement, Auto Express editor in chief, David Johns, said: “The result is a reflection of just how far Skoda has come and how good its cars now are. They have always represented fantastic value for money, but increasingly they have come to stand for great quality, driveability and reliability. “The Yeti, in particular, just blew our judges away. It is a car that combines the best of a family hatchback with the looks and go-anywhere ability of an SUV. Two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, it is a car that is truly worthy of being our Car of the Year."The awards also saw notable first wins for Korean Brands Hyundai and Kia with the Hyundai i10 winning Best City Car and Kia’s Venga hatchback winning the Best Supermini-MPV. Peugeot also had reason to celebrate last night as the new Peugeot RCZ coupe took the Design award and Best Coupe award beating the ever popular Audi TT coupe in the process. Audi did scoop the Performance Car of the Year however for its Audi R8 V10 and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen picked up a couple of awards for the VW Golf and VW  Golf GTi who won the Best Compact Family Car and Best Hot Hatch awards respectively. The evenings coveted Special Award, which is given in recognition of the best new innovation in the automotive industry, went to Nissan’s UK-built Leaf electric car which will be the first mainstream all-electric family sized car to go on sale in the UK when it hits showrooms next March. Two other British cars which fared well at the evening’s award were Land Rover’s Midlands built Freelander and Discovery models which took the Best Compact SUV and Large SUV awards.The awards also saw BMW and their MINI brand take 4 awards overall with the 3-Series saloon and 3-Series convertible taking the Best Compact Executive Car and Best Convertible awards, the 5-Series taking the Best Executive Car award and the MINI taking the Best Premium Supermini award.But the awards aren't purely about the cars as it also recognises a key contribution to the automotive industry with its Person of the Year award. This year’s Person of the Year award went to Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, chief executive of Bentley Motors who took control of Bentley in 2002.Auto Express praised the German’s “careful and passionate stewardship" of Bentley which “now builds some of the most desirable luxury cars in the world, including the wonderful new Mulsanne".Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/askaprice