2015 Volkswagen Golf Named World Car of the Year

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The 2013 World Car of the Year was just announced at the New York International Auto Show this morning. Rising up against some stiff competition, Volkswagen’s versatile Golf drove away with the prestigious award.

Thanks to a coordinated assault of practicality and affordability this people’s car outflanked a phalanx of tough opposition, beating vehicles costing thousands of dollars more. This is the second consecutive year VW made it to the finals and it’s the fourth time since 2009. The World Car of the Year for 2012 was the up!, Volkswagen’s diminutive A-Segment offering.

Vehicles must be available on at least two continents and on sale between January 1, 2012 and May 30, 2013 to be eligible for the award.

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The Golf’s priciest competitor was the Porsche Boxster/Cayman combo. Despite a sporting heritage and luxury amenities, Zuffenhausen’s duet failed to repel the humble Vee-Dub.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class was another strong competitor. This five-door offers the prestige of a three-pointed star and the versatility of a hatchback design, but the Golf juggernaut was just too much to overcome.

Finally, Toyota added some variety to the list of finalists, preventing the Germans from total domination. The company’s brand-new, rear-wheel drive sports car made it to the end but not the finish line. Whether you call it the Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 or GT 86, or even the Subaru BRZ, this lineup of lightweight cars is about as much fun as you can have with 200 horsepower, but not enough for top honors.

The new Volkswagen Golf is a solid and handsome small vehicle. Winning the 2013 World Car of the Year Award is just another feather in its cap.

Also taking home awards today, the Tesla Model S was named World Green Car of the Year while the Jaguar F-Type won Design of the Year and the Porsche Boxster/Cayman the World Performance Car of the Year.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Nico Nico on Apr 09, 2013

    Although I am a BIG VW supporter, I am impressed with this article - VW has scooped the 2015 Car of the Year Award!! That will make this then the 3rd similar award - 2012, 2013 AND 2015?? Personally, I think, somebody should be doing better proof reading before sending such articles to the press and other media!!!!