New Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Honoured
The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 has been crowned 2013 World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show. It was particularly praised for its practicality, spaciousness, comfort, safety features, equipment specification, and handling. The panel of jurors concluded that “if ever there was a car for every man - the Golf is it." This hatchback therefore overcame finalists such as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Toyota GT 86, and Porsche Boxster/Cayman which are all capable. There are other winners too. The World Car Design of the Year title has been claimed by the Jaguar F-TYPE, the World Performance Car of the Year is the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, and the Tesla Model S took the World Green Car title. But back to VW. This is, in fact, only the latest success for the manufacturer. It also claimed the overall title with the Golf Mk6 in 2009, received top honours in 2010 with the Polo, and succeeded in 2012 via its up! BlueMotion models have recently taken the Green title too.
Volkswagen Chairman Reflects On Company's Success
Professor Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said: “We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named World Car of the Year. To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials. Soon, for instance, the Golf will also be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a one-hundred percent electric car.”
The Word Car Awards Explained
The World Car Awards launched in 2004 to recognise automotive excellence on an international scale. It is dedicated to performing this task with the “utmost objectivity, credibility, and integrity.” Awards are administered by a non-profit association under the guidance of a Steering Committee of journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Vehicles are selected – and voted for – by an international jury of sixty-six motoring journalists from twenty-three countries. Each is appointed by the Steering Committee based on his/her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. This year's jurors included Joshua Dowling who contributes to Top Gear magazine in Australia, and Michael Bettencourt from Canada who writes for MSN Autos. To be considered this year cars had to become available – not simply be available - on at least two continents between January 1st 2012 and May 30th 2013. And what better choice than the VW Golf?