This year, the Volkswagen Golf beat out 41 other vehicles to win the title of World Car of the Year! It’s the fourth world car win for Volkswagen, and the second for the Golf itself. Never heard of the World Car of the Year? It’s only been in existence since 2005. It is voted on by 48 international automotive journalists from 22 countries and has been announced every year since 2006 at the New York International Auto Show.
This year the Volkswagen Golf topped the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster / Cayman and Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT-86, which were the other finalists. All cars must be sold in at least five countries on two different continents to be eligible for the awards. While this eliminates some of the innovative, more specialized vehicles, it does seem like a good requirement for an “international” award. Unfortunately, this new Golf is not yet available in the US market. Likewise, there were some grumbles last year, when the winning car was another Volkswagen, the Up!, which is also not available in the US market.
Since 2006, three other awards have also presented along with the World Car of the Year. This year, World Performance Car went to the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the third such win for Porsche. The Tesla Model S won for World Green Car, the first win for Tesla. Jaguar also had its first win with its Jaguar F-Type winning World Car Design of the Year.
It will be interesting to see whether Volkswagen can keep its streak alive next year and make it three in a row. Maybe Audi will be able to stage a comeback after being shut out from the top finalist positions this year. Audi is the manufacturer with the most overall wins across categories, with six.
For more information on the World Car Awards, visit the website here.
And remember, just because your vehicle didn’t win the World Car Awards, it doesn’t mean you can’t load it up with Award-Winning Accessories.