The Volkswagen Golf is an internationally popular car and it’s adding one more trinket to its trophy case, winning this year’s Car of the Year Japan.
This is a big milestone for the Golf, as this win represents the first time an imported car has won the award in Japan.
“This is a very special award for us in so many ways” said Volkswagen Japan president, Shigeru Shoji. “Firstly, our Golf 7 has become the first ever imported car to win Japan’s COTY award and we achieved this in our 60th year since Volkswagen imports started into Japan.”
The Golf soundly beat out the competition, grabbing 504 votes from the 60 jurors. The runner ups include the the Honda Jazz (known as the Fit in North America) which received 373 votes and the Volvo V40 which placed third with 167 votes.
The Car of the Year Japan Award also introduced three sub awards. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) earned the ‘Innovation Award,’ the Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) picked up the ‘Emotional Award’ while the co-developed Suzuki Spacia and Mazda Flair Wagon minicars won the ‘Small Mobility Award.’
The Golf also won the European Car of the Year Award and World Car of the Year Award, completing a trifecta of international kudos. Sadly, North America isn’t expected to get the newest generation Golf until next year.
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