MULTIMEDIA UPDATE: The New Golf Is 'World Car of the Year 2013'
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/13 --
-- Europe's best-selling car also a big success globally
-- Four overall titles in five years: Volkswagen model again voted
world's best car
The new Golf just keeps on winning: an international expert jury today
named the bestseller from Wolfsburg 'World Car of the Year 2013.' The
globally sought-after prize was awarded at the New York International
Auto Show. The 'World Car of the Year' title is a further milestone
in the growing list of awards for the Golf.
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, explained: "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 100% electric car."
For over 30 years, the Golf has been an established feature of the
motoring scene around the globe. For the seventh generation of the
bestseller today's prize represented its 17th award since being
launched in November 2012. In giving their reasons for the award, the
jury said: "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."
It was only three weeks ago that the compact car from Wolfsburg was
crowned European Car of the Year. Further accolades from home and
abroad, such as 'The Best Cars of 2013,' 'Auto Trophy 2012' and the
'Top Gear - All the car you'll ever need' award, round off the list
The 'World Car of the Year' jury consists of 66 motoring journalists
from 23 countries, who rate new cars appearing on the world market
not only for the award, but also in their daily reporting work for
millions of drivers and car enthusiasts. Volkswagen has for a long
time been a firm fixture in the 'World Car of the Year' awards: the
model before the current Golf
for instance, won the renowned prize
back in 2009. In 2012, the cherished international trophy went to the
company's smallest car, the up! And 2010 was also dominated by
Volkswagen: the Polo was crowned overall winner and the BlueMotion
models of the Polo, Golf and Passat took the title 'World Green Car
of the Year.'
The seventh-generation Golf will go on sale as a 2015 model. It will
be built at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico factory.
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www.volkswagen-media-services.com. You will find more details about
the World Car of the Year at www.wcoty.com.
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