Vauxhall has been named The Sun’s ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the News UK Motor Awards 2023. The brand also took home the ‘Small Car of the Year’ accolade with its Corsa supermini.

The annual News UK Motor Awards celebrate the best new vehicles of the last 12 months, voted for by The Sun.

Being named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ comes following a successful year for Vauxhall, including many innovative steps on the journey towards becoming an electric-only brand from 2028. From 2024, Vauxhall will offer an electric version of every car in its range, and already offers an electric version of every van in its light commercial vehicle line-up.

Grand Sport Electric, or GSe, the first electrified performance sub-brand in the market, was launched at the start of the year, adding new performance versions to the Vauxhall range. 2023 has also seen the launch of the Astra Electric and New Corsa, the UK’s best-selling supermini, and third best-selling car overall in the UK so far this year, while last month Vauxhall revealed its new Experimental Concept, giving a glimpse into the future of the brand.

Vauxhall has been the UK’s best-selling electric van manufacturer for the past two years and continues to lead the sales charts in 2023. More than one-in-four electric vans sold in the UK year-to-date has been a Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, making it the UK’s best-selling e-LCV. Vauxhall is one of few brands to offer a fully electric variant across its entire LCV line-up.

The Sun Motors Editor, Rob Gill, said: “Vauxhall has been part of the fabric of Britain for 120 years. One hundred and twenty years. And it will be for many years yet thanks to huge investment in its van plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port. Vauxhall should also be applauded for sticking with Corsa and Astra – two models we love and trust – by producing electric versions of them. Smart move.”

Winner of News UK’s ‘Best Small Car’ award, New Corsa adds Vauxhall’s bold and pure Vizor front end across the range, as well as several additional styling and technology improvements, while fully electric models are available with Vauxhall’s next-generation battery for a range of 246 miles (WLTP). Corsa was previously named The Sun’s ‘Car of the Year’ in 2020 and their ‘Value Car of the Year’ in 2021. 

The Sun Motors Editor, Rob Gill, said: “Corsa punches way ahead of the rest as Britain’s favourite supermini – and for good reason. It’s fun to drive, packed with big-car tech, and has just had a new haircut while keeping a lid on prices. Brand-spanking Corsa petrol for £19k? Yes please. Or there’s a Corsa Electric for drivers ready to make the switch. We’re delighted Vauxhall’s little gem will be with us for years to come.”

James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “I am delighted to see Vauxhall named Manufacturer of the Year at the News UK Motor Awards. It is a great accomplishment in what has been an important year for the brand. Whilst the Small Car of the Year award for Corsa is a testament to the success of our latest offering of new cars and vans, the recognition from The Sun highlights the progress that Vauxhall is making as a leading automotive manufacturer in the UK.”

Earlier in the year, Vauxhall launched the ground-breaking ‘Electric Streets of Britain’ campaign. Following exclusive data that revealed more than 70% of UK councils currently do not have a published strategy in place for residential on-street charging for electric vehicles, Vauxhall has partnered with three leading charging operators to help councils understand the scale of on-street charging issues, and the solutions available. Find out more at