The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf was named the winner of the Car of the Year 2013 award at a ceremony, which opened the 83rd Geneva Motor Show held in March.
Now in its 50th year, the Car of the Year award is considered to be the most prestigious and desirable car prize in the world.
The Golf 7 saw off the challenge from seven other finalists: Ford B-Max; Hyundai i30; Mercedes A-Class; Peugeot 208; Renault Clio; Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86; and Volvo V40. It was a comprehensive victory for the VW with 414 points, well ahead of the Toyota GT86/Subaru BR-Z with 202 points and the Volvo V40 with 189 points.
The eight finalists for the Car of the Year 2013 were selected from the 32 most significant new models launched this year by a jury of 58 automobile journalists from 22 European countries.
Hakan Matson, president of the panel of international automobile experts, handed over the prestigious Car of the Year award to the Volkswagen AG Head of Development Dr Ulrich Hackenberg and the Head of Design Walter de Silva.
The new Golf was recognised by the jury for its overall balance and the outstanding achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort.
Read more about the Golf 7 in PM’s Apr ’13 issue – on sale 25 March.