Volkswagen’s head honcho, Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn, express his joy by sating: â€œWe at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named â€˜World Car of the Yearâ€™. 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.â€
The Golf VII’s success adds to recent World COTY awards collected by Volkswagen for the Golf VI (2009), Polo (2010) and up! (2012). And you’ll be seeing the new Golf on Australian roads very soon. Click HERE to see what Europe’s press have been saying about the Golf VII.
The new Golf is â€˜World Car of the Year 2013â€™
- Europeâ€™s best-selling car also a big success globally
- Four overall titles in five years: Volkswagen model again voted worldâ€™s best car
Wolfsburg, 28 March 2013 â€“ The new Golf just keeps on winning: an international expert jury today named the bestseller from Wolfsburg â€˜World Car of the Year 2013â€™. The globally sought-after prize was awarded at the New York International Auto Show. The â€˜World Car of the Yearâ€™ 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: â€œWe at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named â€˜World Car of the Yearâ€™. 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.â€
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 todayâ€™s prize represented its 17th award since being launched in November 2012. In giving their reasons for the award, the jury said: â€œThe Golf is just the right size â€“ itâ€™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.â€
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 â€˜The Best Cars of 2013â€™, â€˜Auto Trophy 2012â€™ and the â€˜Top Gear â€“ All the car youâ€™ll ever needâ€™ award, round off the list of successes.
The â€˜World Car of the Yearâ€™ 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 â€˜World Car of the Yearâ€™ 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 companyâ€™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 â€˜World Green Car of the Yearâ€™.
Over the coming months, further models will be added to the Golf range: the Golf GTI and Golf GTD, two sportier versions, are being launched in the spring. From the middle of April customers will also be able to order the new, dynamic and spacious Golf Estate. Following this in the second half of the year comes the new Golf TDI BlueMotion, which sets new standards in terms of fuel consumption and environmental compatibility: just 3.2 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 85 g/km are impressive figures in the compact class.