Thursday, 4 April 2013
PHOTOS: WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR: The Best On The Planet
TOP OF THE HEAP: Head of design for the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva, centre, poses for a photo with World Car Award co- chairs Matt Davis, left, and Peter Lyon, right.
VOLKSWAGEN may need to build a trophy cabinet just for its World Car of the Year silverware.
In 2009 the Golf VI took the overall award, with the Polo winning in 2010, the Up! in 2012 and now the new Golf VII was announced as the 2013 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.
Automotive journalists from 23 countries — 66 of them in all — decided that it is the best of the best from all the cars launched around the globe in 2012. More after the cut..
When it came down to it there were just four finalists, with the Golf beating the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 for the overall award.
"Honed over seven generations since its original launch in 1974, the VW Golf is as close to the perfect hatchback design as any car company has come yet," said the official statement on behalf of the jury. "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 announcement came as no surprise to most of the industry and the media and if I were a betting man then I would be putting money down on the new Golf being a strong contender for the next South African Coty title. The result was "quite predictable", said Hannes Oosthuizen, editor of Car magazine and the only Wcoty jury member from South Africa.
The Porsche Bosxter/Cayman took the World Performance Car of the Year title
Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum, with the F-Type, the World Car Design of the Year
The Tesla S electric vehicle is the World Green Car of the Year