Official: Vw Golf 7 is the European Car of the Year 2013

Article by Christian A., on March 4, 2013

The new Golf 7 has been crowned European Car of the Year 2013! With 414 votes, the Golf 7 overtook other vehicles such as the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ, but also the Volvo V40 who took the third place. The Ford B-Max followed closely, but the biggest surprise is that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class was ranked fifth.

For those who don’t know, this is the second time the Volkswagen Golf took the European Car of the Year award. The MK3 Golf took the award back in 1992. The Volkswagen Golf represents the most successful car in Europe and the Golf 7 has been further perfected.

The car features as standard the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows the vehicle down automatically after a bad accident so as to reduce the remaining kinetic energy, thus avoiding more subsequent collisions.

Moreover, it offers numerous safety and assist systems have been added, such as the standard electronic XDS differential lock, the preventive passenger protection system and the Lane Assist.

Volkswagen has once again added a new feather in its cap with another success story. The Golf obtained high marks in a number of categories that include: comfort, drive properties, emission levels, fuel consumption, quality, and of course safety.

One highlight is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which enables the vehicle to slow down after an accident occurs. Doing this means that whatever kinetic energy is remaining is reduced even further in order to avoid additional collisions.

Additional safety and assistance systems have been included like the electronic XDS differential lock, the Lane Assist, and preventive passenger protection system. When combined, all the features ensure maximum comfort and safety without being too expensive.

Without a doubt, the Golf is indeed Europe’s most successful car and what made it successful has been perfected even further with the seventh generation. Winning "Car of the Year" is just one of the awards Golf won, having achieved numerous wins in previous competitions like "Top Gear - All the car you'll ever need" Award, "Auto Trophy 2012," "Best cars of 2013," and of course the "Auto der Vernunft (Car of Reason)."

This particular model is offered in four variants: Golf, Golf Cabriolet, Golf Plus, or Golf Variant. All of them are available in 120 countries across five continents. Its many variants -- classic Golf, Golf Cabriolet, Golf Variant or Golf Plus – are available on all five continents and in more than 120 countries.

The Golf has managed to set new standards especially in the compact car category. Almost 30 million cars have been manufactured. In addition to the safety features already mentioned, there is also the airbag, electronic stabilization program, and ABS integrated with the model.

Aside from safety, the Golf also leads the pack in terms of the interior and exterior. The Golf manages to differentiate itself from its competitors by having a unique design and product language that all add up to making the Golf the timeless car that it is today.

Press Release

VW Golf 7 Car of the Year 2013

The new Golf is Europe's "Car of the Year 2013." The renowned international "Car of the Year" Award is deemed one of the most important barometers in the automotive industry. The winners were announced in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show in the afternoon.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen AG, states: "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."

The vote for "Car of the Year" is one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe. The best new cars have been given prizes annually since 1964. The panel of judges, consisting of 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries, had nominated eight candidates beforehand that would enter the final run. They were tested and compared and evaluated during the last few months under a broad range of criteria, such as fuel efficiency, comfort, safety, driving properties, functionality, design and technological progress. In the 50th round of the traditional competition, the new Golf came out on top before its seven competitors, garnering a total score of 414 in the final vote - the one in second place lagged behind with a score of 212 less. Two Volkswagen models have received the coveted prize before: the Golf in 1992 and the Polo in 2010.

The most successful car in Europe has been further perfected in its seventh generation. The new Golf scored high not only with its quality, comfort, low fuel consumption and emission values as well as its excellent drive properties but also in the most vital area of safety. The best example for it is the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows the vehicle down automatically after a bad accident so as to reduce the remaining kinetic energy, thus avoiding more subsequent collisions. Numerous safety and assist systems have been added, such as the standard electronic XDS differential lock, the preventive passenger protection system and the Lane Assist. Together, they offer a maximum of safety and comfort at an affordable price.

The top result in the "Car of the Year" competition was preceded by numerous awards at home and abroad: "Best cars of 2013," "Auto Trophy 2012," "Auto der Vernunft (Car of Reason)" and the British "Top Gear - All the car you'll ever need" Award.

The Golf's success story is exemplary. Whether as a classic Golf, Golf Cabriolet, Golf Variant or Golf Plus -- it's available on all five continents and in more than 120 countries. With nearly 30 million vehicles produced, the Golf has set new standards in the compact class in the last few decades. New technologies like ABS, the airbag and the electronic stabilisation programme were integrated and have decisively shaped automotive construction in the class named after it. The exterior and interior of the Golf are also leading the way: Like almost no other product, the Golf distinguishes itself by its unique product and design language, which is seen as timeless and classless to this very day.

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