The Volkswagen up! city car has been named World Car of the Year (WCOTY) 2012. The prestigious accolade – which has been awarded to the Nissan Leaf, VW Polo and Golf in the last three years – was presented at a special ceremony at the New York Motor Show.
The World Performance Car award went to the Porsche 911, while the Range Rover Evoque picked up the World Car Design of the Year crown. World Green Car is the Mercedes-Benz 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.
The vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury comprising 64 motoring journalists, including Auto Express’s Mike Rutherford.
The jurors said: “The little Volkswagen up! has altered what we have come to expect from the city car segment. Of note are the responsive steering, sophisticated suspension set-up, new efficient engines and the quality of materials and finish.
“Never before in this economy segment have owners felt so premium. Look for every builder of city cars to up its game just to compete with the new VW”.