"We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named World Car of the Year," VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said. "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."
Winterkorn added that the Golf will also be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a full electric car in the near future.
The Golf was one of 42 candidates for the award. The list was narrowed to four by a panel of 66 automotive journalists from around the globe before they cast their final votes.
To be eligible, a car must have been available for sale in at least two countries between Jan. 1, 2012, and May 30, 2013.
This was the ninth year the award was given.
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I love my Golf(s), have been driving the model for over16 years! Most cars though, if you take care of it, it will run for a long time.
But I yearn for more hot-hatches in the US market. Especially European "haute-hatches" You can't convince me that no one would buy them here.
I have driven VW's for 23 years. They have all been very rewarding cars to drive. Kind of a poor man's BMW. My current ride is an '02 Jetta TDI. I have driven it for 250K miles. It has been a great car. God willing I will drive it another 100K. It will likely be my last VW. Why? VW has decided it would rather make cars that are more akin to Toyotas than BMW's. In other words BORING! Further, VW has a long way to go if they want to match Toyota in the quality/reliability categories. Good luck with that. Thankfully, there are more diesel powered cars coming to our shores which will give me more possible choices. So long VW, it was fun while it lasted!
German trouble machines, as in bad reliability or "KAPUTT" ! The VW dealerships love your American bucks and have many replacement parts and "SPECIAL TOOLS" waiting, OH YES "SPECIAL TOOLS" !