Volkswagen Golf named World Car of the Year 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on March 29, 2013

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was acclaimed as the ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ by an international expert at the ongoing 2013 New York International Auto Show. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, remarked that they are delighted that the Golf was named ‘World Car of the Year.’

He quipped that the award shows that the Golf is and remains in “a class of its own” around the world. He noted that the Golf set new benchmarks again and again in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials.

He further remarked that the Golf will be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a 100% electric car. The Volkswagen has been one of the established motoring features around world, being around for about 30 years. The ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ award marks the seventh-generation Golf’s 17th award since it was rolled out in November 2012.

In giving the award to the Golf, the jury said the vehicle was just right size –spacious, practical and comfortable. The jury added that the Golf has a fresh and progressive design and a new range of engines as well as an impressive list of equipment and safety systems.

The jury remarked that “if there is a car for everyone, the Golf is it.” Just three weeks ago, the new Golf was named as European Car of the Year. It also took a number of awards from in and out of Europe like ‘The Best Cars of 2013’, ‘Auto Trophy 2012’ and the ‘Top Gear – All the car you’ll ever need’ accolade.

"The ‘World Car of the Year’ jury consists of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries, who rate new cars appearing on the world market not only for the award, but also in their daily reporting work for millions of drivers and car enthusiasts. Volkswagen has for a long time been a firm fixture in the ‘World Car of the Year’ awards: the model before the current Golf for instance, won the renowned prize back in 2009. In 2012, the cherished international trophy went to the company’s smallest car, the up! And 2010 was also dominated by Volkswagen: the Polo was crowned overall winner and the BlueMotion models of the Polo, Golf and Passat took the title ‘World Green Car of the Year.’" said the press release.

36 years ago in Berlin, Volkswagen released the Golf and practically shaped the essence of a small family car. This time, Volkswagen has reintroduced the Golf and it still continues to set the standards for the small family car.

Volkswagen Golf has sold over 29 million units since the introduction of the original Golf model almost 4 decades ago. It has built a reputation for safety, efficiency, comfort, and practicality. The all-new Volkswagen Golf aims to continue the fine legacy of its predecessors, but this time, it comes equipped with enhanced features which make the car even more appealing.

The new Volkswagen Golf offers more space for passengers given its new dimensions. It measures 4,255 mm long with a wheelbase of 2,637 mm, 1,799 mm wide, and 1,452 mm high. The front wheels have been positioned further forward to provide more leg room and bigger interior space. These dynamic dimensions all help the new Volkswagen Golf improve its drag co-efficient to .27 Cd. But even with bigger dimensions and more passenger space, the new Volkswagen Golf is still 100 kg lighter than the previous model.

Golf stands on a foundation called the Modular Transverse Matrix which ensures standardization of the parameters of the vehicle component of all Volkswagen vehicle types. This means it has access to technologies and innovations that focus on infotainment and safety which previously was made available only for higher segment vehicles. The new Golf also is equipped with a body structure that is stronger, thus making it safe for driver and passengers.

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