New Volkswagen Golf crowned World Car of the Year 2013

The latest Volkswagen Golf has been winning plaudits the world over since its launch and last week saw it reach another milestone, being awarded ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ at the New York International Auto Show.

Recognition from home and abroad

Having been an established presence in the car industry for over 30 years now, the much coveted award was the culmination of what has been a great six months for the car since its release in November 2012, adding to an ever growing list of international accolades.

Just three weeks ago the Wolfsburg-based car took home the title of European Car of the Year, whilst further successes have included the ‘Auto Trophy 2012’ and ‘The Best Cars of 2013’.

Operations Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Paul Burke, said the award was reward for the great efforts the German automobile manufacturer had put into the manufacturing process:

“This new Golf is a really superb car that has received incredible praise from critics and customers alike and this second, major award for Golf is more than justified. We have been taken aback with the demand for the car on what is a challenging year for our market but it does show that many loyal customers see buying the Golf as a sound investment,” said Mr Burke.

In total, this is the 17th award the car has won, with the jury at the New York International Auto Show remarking, ““The Golf is just the right size – it’s spacious, practical and comfortable. It has got a fresh, progressive design, a new range of engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety systems. If there is a car for everyone, the Golf is it.”

Sustained success

The awards, comprising of a comprehensive jury consisting of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries, who rate cars in their daily journalistic work for drivers and car enthusiasts in addition to the awards, has been running since 2005 and this is not the first time that Volkswagen have been in the spotlight.

On the contrary, the German manufacturer has featured prominently in the awards in previous years. Three years ago Volkswagen dominated its rivals in the industry, with the Polo winning the big award whilst the Bluemotion Polo, Golf and Passat were also named ‘World Green Car of the Year’. The company’s smallest car, the up!, which proved popular with consumers due to the low cost of car insurance, also won the international trophy last year whilst model prior to the latest Golf took home the big prize back in 2009.

This could yet be the start of a very successful year for Volkswagen, with the company set to launch further models to the Golf range over the coming months. The Golf GTI and Golf GTD will appeal to those drivers desiring a sportier version of the car, with a Golf Estate is also due for release later this month. Towards the end of the year will also see the release of the Golf TDI BlueMotion, which the manufacturers claim will set new standards in terms of fuel consumption and eco-friendliness.

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