2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class suffers big defeat in the 2013 European Car of the Year contest

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2013

The Volkswagen Golf won as the 2013 European Car of the Year, easily beating the Mercedes-Benz A class (which only earned fifth place). Apparently, European automotive journalists really like the Golf. The runner-up to the Golf was the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ with 202 votes compared to the 414 for the Golf. Coming in at third place is the Volvo V40, with 189 votes.

Ranked fourth is the Ford B-Max (with 148 votes) and this was followed by the A class (with 138 votes). At No. 6, there’s the Renault Clio with 128 votes (which is only eight votes higher than its main rival, the Peugeot 208). The Hyundai i30 is the last finisher among the eight finalists with 111 votes.

However, it’s not likely that Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche will have to be concerned that sales of the new A class will suffer.

The Golf was No. 1 in European sales in the key compact segment for numerous car generations before the Car of the Year jurors first named the third generation model as the best in Europe in 1992. The Golf is VW’s second model in four years to earn the European Car of the Year award. The first was the Polo, which got the award in 2010.

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