VW Golf named European Car of the Year 2013
Car of the Year award goes to the VW Golf, ahead of the Toyota GT 86
The Volkswagen Golf has been crowned the 2013 European Car of the Year. The Golf was the clear winner of the annual contest, taking 414 votes from the jury, which is made up of motoring journalists from across Europe.
The Car of the Year jury said that the new Golf had been “recognised for its overall balance and outstanding achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort.”
VW’s board member responsible for research and development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, and the firm’s design chief, Walter de Silva, accepted the Car of the Year award on behalf of Volkswagen.
By taking the win, the Golf becomes only the second car to win the European Car of the Year Award twice. The Renault Clio won in 1991 and 2006, while the Mk3 Golf won the award in 1992. However, all seven generations of the Golf have appeared in the top three results for the award in the year of their individual launches.