Volkswagen Polo takes the ‘2010 World Car of the Year’ award

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 25, 2010

The Volkswagen Polo was announced as the 2010 World Car of the Year during a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and BASF SE. To earn the recognition, VW Polo came out as the best of 30 vehicles initially nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries.

These World Car Awards jurors were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee according to their expertise, credibility, influence and experience. Each of them drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their work.

These jurors also boast of a wide reach, together reaching millions of audience around the world. From 30, the list was trimmed by the jurors to 10 in January 2010. Then in February, jurors took part in a second round of voting, during which they were made to score each car nominee according to merit, environment, value, safety, significance and emotional appeal.

The final scores were gathered, tabulated and audited by international accounting firm KPMG, and the highest votes went to the VW Polo, hence it was named the 2010 World Car of the Year. Rounding up the top three were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Prius, in no particular order.

Jurors noted that the all-new Polo MkV is one of the German carmaker’s best performers as it blends best-in-segment packaging and handling with reliability, classy looks and quality. They also remarked that as stylish and classy as it looks, the VW Polo is also very safe, as evidenced by its maximum five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP.

They added that the Polo features a superb driving position with precise controls. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, remarked that they were honored that the VW Polo was voted as the 2010 World Car of The Year.

He noted that with the Polo and the VW Golf reaping awards in the global auto industry, the German carmaker has shown that it is on the right track and is offering the “best” range of products. The VW Golf was the World Car of the Year in 2009.

Other winners of this prestigious award were the Audi A6 (2005), BMW 3-Series (2006), Lexus LS460 (2007), and Mazda2 (2008). The annual World Car awards -- inaugurated in 2003 and officially launched in January 2010 – is considered one of the most prestigious, credible and significant accolades in the world.

It was created to reflect the reality of the global auto market as well as to recognize and reward excellence on an international scale. It was also intended to complement with other Car of the Year awards.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN POLO DECLARED 2010 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and BASF SE at the Jacob Javits Centre in Manhattan, New York, the Volkswagen Polo was declared the 2010 World Car of the Year.

The Volkswagen Polo was chosen from an initial entry list of thirty (30) entries nominated by fifty-nine (59) World Car jurors from twenty-five (25) countries throughout the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their on-going full-time professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide.

The jurors voted in January 2010 to establish a top ten shortlist. A second round of voting occurred in February when jurors were asked to score the top ten candidates based on merit, value, safety, environment, significance and emotional appeal. The World Car of the Year was chosen from those top ten finalists as tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG.

The World Car Awards jurors observed that, “Holding its own in the most competitive market segment, the all-new Polo MkV is one of VW’s star performers. Boasting best-in-segment packaging and handling, this supermini’s blend of classy looks, reliability and quality has meant it’s consistently been one the market’s best-sellers. Draped in head-turning stylish curves, the Polo is certainly one of the classiest small VWs ever built. It’s also safe; generating a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating. Behind the wheel, the Polo demonstrates mature manners and boasts a superb driving position that’s adjustable and, in common with the latest Golf, all the controls are well weighted and precise. The Polo is just one brilliant supermini.”

The top three contenders for 2010 World Car of the Year title were, in alphabetical order, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Toyota Prius and the Volkswagen Polo.

"We're honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors as the 2010 World Car of The Year," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. "After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo. These automobiles have reaped numerous awards, winning well-nigh every prize the automotive industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history."

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy, has joined forces with the World Car Awards to form a unique research partnership that will provide strategic reports in 2010, analyzing global automotive media coverage.

Now in their seventh year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world’s most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy / USA) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany) and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

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