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2012-05-09 09:43

READER PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: The sat-nav has been named as the UK's top car gadget, while TomTom scooped the award for best smartphone app.

London, UK - The 2012 Auto Express Product Awards has been revealed and the gadget most drivers can't live without – their sat-navs.

Over 25% of the votes named a GPS system as their in-car gadget of choice, trumping air-conditioning and audio systems.

The Product of the Year title belongs to digital radio specialist Pure for its Highway 300Di. This device can add Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and iPod connectivity to any audio system.


Bilt-Hamber claimed three awards for its cleaning products while TomTom scooped the prize for Best smartphone app. Readers chose   Goodyear as the Best summer tyre and Continental for winter.

Steve Fowler, editor of Auto Express, said: “With many car owners holding onto their cars for longer, keeping them pristine is critical to maximising their value at resale time. The Auto Express Product Awards is a chance for us to acknowledge the very Best products out there for our readers to add value to their cars.”

2012 Product Awards:

Top awards

Product of the Year 2012 - Pure Highway 300Di
Best car accessory – Satnav


Best tyre - Goodyear eagle f1 asymmetric 2
Best winter tyre - Continental contiwintercontact ts 830 p
Best headlamp bulb - Philips x-tremevision
Best portable sat-nav – Garmin nülink! 1695lmu
Best fm transmitter – Logic3 mip168kx
Best hands-free kit – Jabra easygo
Best battery charger - Ctek mxs 3.6
Best atlas - a-z Great Britain road atlas
Best tool bag – Halfords large tool bag with tray
Best pressure washer – Hozelock heavy duty 150
Best roof box – Kamei husky xxl

Car care

Best wax – Turtle wax ice synthetic paste polish
Best wheel cleaner – Bilt-hamber auto-wheel
Best tyre shine – Carplan tyre slik
Best bumper shine – Simoniz back to black bumper shine
Best leather cleaner – Carplan leather connoisseur renovation kit
Best upholstery cleaner – comma interior cleaner
Best trim cleaner – Comma interior cleaner
Best clay bar - Bilt-hamber auto-clay regular
Best screenwash – Halfords screen wash
Best shampoo – Bilt-hamber surfex hd

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