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Volkswagen Golf wins Car of the Year 2013

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”.

Volkswagen Golf wins car of the year 2013

Volkswagen Golf is 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.

car of the year 2013 list

Car of the Year 2013 Winners

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
Volkswagen Golf 414
Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ 202
Volvo V40 189
Ford B-Max 148
Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse 138
Renault Clio 128
Peugeot 208 120
Hyundai i30 111

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.

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Volkswagen Golf won Car of the year 2013

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
2011 Nissan Leaf
2010 Volkswagen Polo
2009 Opel Insignia
2008 Fiat 500
2007 Ford S-Max
2006 Renault Clio
2005 Toyota Prius
2004 Fiat Panda
2003 Renault Megane
2002 Peugeot 307
2001 Alfa Romeo 147
2000 Toyota Yaris
1999 Ford Focus
1998 Alfa Romeo 156
1997 Renault Megane Scenic
1996 Fiat Bravo/Brava
1995 Fiat Punto
1994 Ford Mondeo
1993 Nissan Micra
1992 Volkswagen Golf
1991 Renault Clio
1990 Citroen XM

Volkswagen Golf is Car of the Year 2013

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