Volkswagen Golf is the big winner of the Car of the Year 2013 distinction. German model surpassed Toyota GT86/ Subaru BRZ and Volvo V40. Volkswagen Golf 7 has earned the title of “Car of the Year 2013”.
Model in Wolfsburg won 414 points, double compared to its rival, Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ, which received only 202 points. In third place came in Volvo V40, with 189 points. This is the second “Car of the Year” title for Volkswagen Golf, after the third generation of the compact was awarded in 1992. Moreover, in the 40 year history of the German model, all seven generations of the Golf have reached the podium in the Car of the Year competition.
Alongside Renault Clio, Volkswagen Golf is the only model that has managed to win twice the title of “Car of the Year”. Golf’s strengths were the level of safety features, updated ESP, driver fatigue monitoring system, road behavior and more.
We’ve made a review of this car a while ago: Volkswagen MK7 2013 Review
This distinction will be awarded to the Geneva Motor Show this week. In the 2013 edition, Golf fought seven other finalists for the top prize. These include Ford B-Max, Hyundai i30, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.
Car of the Year 2013 Leaderboard
|Brand and model||Score|
|Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ||202|
Last year’s edition, Car of the Year 2012, was won by Opel Ampera / Chevrolet Volt, which has struggled with Volkswagen Up! And Ford Focus. At that time, the jury was impressed with the Hybrid technology fitted on the model, a first for a production car that offers a generous range and low CO2 emissions. At the 2011 COTY, Dacia Duster has made it into the final, but was ranked seventh after voting panel of journalists from across the continent. In the edition of Car of the year 2013, Dacia was ranked among the nominees with its Lodgy variant, but the MPV produced in Morocco has not been chosen among the finalists.
The jury of Car of the Year 2013 gathers 58 members representing 22 countries across Europe. Number of representatives from each nation is guided by the importance of the auto market at European level and its importance in car production. France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain each have six members, and other countries have fewer members. Jurors are chosen for their competence, rather than the publication each represents.
Previous car of the year winners
|COTY Edition||Brand and model|
|2012||Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt|
|2001||Alfa Romeo 147|
|1998||Alfa Romeo 156|
|1997||Renault Megane Scenic|