And Now There Is One....Volkswagen Golf Declared 2013 World Car of the Year

 And Now There Is One....Volkswagen Golf Declared 2013 World Car of the Year

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference hosted by the
New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Volkswagen
Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year.

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen has won the prestigious
World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since 2009.The Volkswagen
Up! won in 2012, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and the Volkswagen Golf VI in
2009.

The Volkswagen Golf was chosen from an initial entry list of forty-two new
vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then four
finalists: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the
combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen
Golf.

Prof. Dr. 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 100% electric car."

The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "Honed over seven generations since
its original launch in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is as close to the perfect
hatchback design as any car company has come yet. Right sized, but spacious,
practical and comfortable inside, the latest Golf has been brought up to date
with a fresh if evolutionary design, a range of new engines, plus an
impressive list of equipment and safety features. What's more, it's fun to
drive. If ever there was a car for everyman, the Golf is it."

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become
available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning
January 1, 2012 and ending May 30, 2013.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of
sixty-six (66) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-three (23)
countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car
Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience,
credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new
vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through
their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions
world-wide.

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Up! in 2012, the
Nissan Leaf in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the
Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in
2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

About the World Car Awards
Now in their ninth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the
world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004,
to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and
reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are
intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car
of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of
a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe,
and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the
co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford
(U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors.
There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any
publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy is the World Car Awards' research partner. The
company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global
automotive media coverage.

PHOTOS from today's press conference are available for download on our web
site at www.wcoty.com> Award Photos.

About PRIME RESEARCH
PRIME Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy, has joined forces with the World Car Awards to
provide strategic studies in the fields of automotive assessment criteria and
automotive awards. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the
automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture
approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and SWOT analyses on
over 100 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard
in automotive media research.

About BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire
and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of
applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products,
which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its
products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
Showcasing the latest automotive trends, the 2013 New York International Auto
Show will unveil an extensive collection of the most technologically advanced
vehicles on display anywhere in the world. More than four floors of displays,
including the new Javits Center North exhibition hall, will house nearly 1,000
stunning new 2013/2014 vehicles as well as sensational futuristic concept
cars. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers
Association.

Important Show Information: Press Days: March 27 & 28, Public Show Dates:
March 29^th – April 7^th
Show Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. - 7
p.m.

www.autoshowNY.com; Twitter: #NYIAS @NYautoshow; Facebook: Like us, we like
you!
Mobile: Download our iPhone app; on iTunes for Show info on the go

For a list of past World Car Awards winners, please visit our web site:
www.wcoty.com

SOURCE World Car Awards

Website: http://www.wcoty.com
Contact: Beth Rhind, Executive Manager, beth@wcoty.com, 1.705.924.3444