Volkswagen Polo wins 2010 Wheels COTY

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen has claimed back-to-back Wheels Car of the Year awards, Australia’s most prestigious COTY honour. Last year it was the Golf, this year the award goes to the new Polo.

The Polo has followed in the path of its bigger sibling abroad, too, by winning the European and World COTY titles. No surprise it’s very hard to get your hands on a pocket rocket GTI version, then!

Wheels editor Bill Thomas said, “It’s the depth of engineering skill applied to the Polo and the very obvious quality of the car that impresses most – if you were to pay it the right compliment, you’d say it feels like a scaled-down Golf. That means it brings new standards of refinement and comfort to the super-mini class.

“Two Car of the Year victories in a row for Volkswagen reflect the skill of the engineers involved and the ambition of the company as a whole.”

This is the fourth Wheels COTY award for Volkswagen, following earlier wins for the Mk1 Passat (1974) and the Mk1 Golf (1976).

The official press release from Volkswagen Australia is available after the break.

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Wins Wheels Car Of The Year, Again!

19 January 2011 – Volkswagen’s Polo has received the coveted Wheels Car of the Year award, following on from the success of the Golf last year.

The Polo was up against a 21 strong field of competitors but overcame all with its quality and refinement, safety and technology to be awarded the 2010 Wheels Car of the Year.

With a string of awards under its belt, the Volkswagen Polo continues to redefine expectations for cars in the light car class.

Wheels magazine editor, Bill Thomas, put it simply when he described the Polo as a great little car in his editorial.

“It’s the depth of engineering skill applied to the Polo and the very obvious quality of the car that impresses most – if you were to pay it the right compliment, you’d say it feels like a scaled-down Golf. That means it brings new standards of refinement and comfort to the super-mini class.

“It feels like an expensive car at a good price rather than a cheap car built up with loads of extras: customers obviously come first for VW. Spacious, safe, efficient, easy to drive and easy to live with, the Polo is a great all-rounder and a very worthy winner of Australia’s most coveted motoring prize. Two Car of the Year victories in a row for Volkswagen reflect the skill of the engineers involved and the ambition of the company as a whole.”

This is Volkswagen’s fourth Wheels Car of the Year award, having twice received the award for the Golf and once for the Passat.

Volkswagen Group Australia managing director, Anke Koeckler, said:” We were extremely pleased to have received this prestigious award last year but to follow up again this year with the Polo is a great achievement.

“The Polo has clearly set the new benchmark for light cars and we are pleased to see that not only the Wheels team, but also the judges from Carsguide, Drive and Australia’s Best Cars agree.

Volkswagen launched the new Polo in May 2010 in Australia. Since its launch, it has seen incredible sales growth and demand continues to grow for the entire range.