The New Golf has proved its global appeal by winning the World Car of the Year award.
This is the second year in a row that Volkswagen has won the World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since the awards were launched nine years ago. The up! won in 2012, Polo in 2010, and the Golf Mk VI in 2009.
The new triumph news comes less than a month after the Golf claimed the prestigious European Car of the Year award.
The hatchback was awarded the honour at the New York International Auto Show, beating rivals the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, Mercedes A-Class and Toyota GT86 and Subaru BR-Z sports car.
The World Car Awards jurors, made up of 66 journalists from around the world, commented: “Honed over seven generations since its launch in 1974, the 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.’
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, 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 per cent electric car.”
Earlier in March the New Golf also won the best lower-medium car category in Fleet News car of the year awards.