The 2012 ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ award was given to the New Clio at a special ceremony in Berlin, Germany. Accepting the honor was Stefan Mueller, Executive Vice President, Chairman of Europe Region. A few weeks ago, the New Clio also got the RTL/Auto Plus ‘Best Production Car’ prize at the recently held Paris Motor Show.
It also earned the recognition for best ‘Small Car’ by the Axel Springer Group’s weekly BILD am SONNTAG, Germany’s top-selling Sunday publication, and AutoBILD, the best-selling car magazine in the world. AutoBILD runs several local editions in eastern Europe and Asia aside from its European sister magazines such as Auto Express in the UK.
It invited its entire readership of about 73 million to vote for the model they like the best. The 2012 Gold Steering Wheel awards are now on their 37th year. This year, there were 44 entries divided into six categories. For the MPV and coupé/cabriolet classes, the readers directly decided the winners.
For the four other categories, there had to be an exhaustive road test of each of the five finalists by a panel of personalities at the Balocco test facilities in Italy before the final vote.
The drivers were Mattias Ekström, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl, Christina Surer and Vanina Ickx. Joining them were the chief editors of the AutoBILD group’s European magazines, and various celebrities from the sport industry and show business, such as Franz Beckenbauer and Boris Becker.