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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Volkswagen Golf wins European Car of the Year 2013

Car of the Year 2013 announced in Geneva

For the second time within its new schedule, Car of the Year award winner was announced as a Geneva Motor Show preliminary, in Palexpo facilities, on the eve of the press days. The contest had eight finalists previously nominated (“eight winners,” in the words of Hakan Matson, president of the Jury), but the event was to reveal

 The Winner: Volkswagen Golf. 

Walter de Silva and Ulrich Hackenberg with the CotY 2013 trophy
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen AG Head of Development, and Walter de Silva, top responsible of Design, jointly received the trophy and thanked the Jury on behalf of the whole team and all VW workers. Later, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen, would say: “That's a superb result, and we are very proud of it. This most significant European award is the perfect final touch to the list of prizes we've already won. Over 29 million customers have made the Golf into the icon that it is. The Golf will continue this success story.”
 
Matson remarked: Car of the Year is the most prestigious automotive award in Europe.This year is very special to us, as the award turns 50. But just remember one thing: life begins at 50!  The Volkswagen Golf VII received amazing results in our intensive test drives. It is a modern car with a high level of quality and safety, a wide range of drive trains as well as an outstanding driving performance. The Car of the Year winner has to show excellence in a number of categories – with special attention to the needs of consumers. All the members of our Jury are experts and put the finalists through a series of exhaustive tests to provide substantial purchasing criteria for consumers.”

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