Volkswagen doesn’t appear to be sacrificing quality for quantity in its drive to be the top-selling automaker in the world. How else can you explain the fact that VW just claimed its second consecutive title as World Car of the Year, and has now earned the prize four times since it was first presented in 2004. The global VW Up! city car was honored in 2012, the VW Polo, another entry for international markets, won in 2010, and the previous generation Golf also was the No. 1 choice in 2009.
The party line from the World Car Awards jurors: “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.”
The World Car Awards are presented annually at the New York Auto Show, and chosen by a panel of international automotive experts“to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.”
The 2015 VW Golf, featuring a trio of turbocharged engines that includes a clean-diesel powerplant, is slated to go on sale in the United States next year.
But it wasn’t the only vehicle to be honored by the World Car team in New York …