2013 World Car of the Year Awards announced. Volkswagen wins big.(Read article summary)
Every year, an international panel of automotive journalists selects the best cars in the world under various categories, handing out its awards at the New York Auto Show. This year, the 2013 Mark VII Volkswagen Golf took top honors.
Every year, an international panel of automotive journalists selects the best cars in the world under various categories, handing out its awards at the New York Auto Show.
¬†Atop the hierarchy is the World Car of the Year, followed by the World Performance Car, the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car (where our own John Voelcker, editor of Green Car Reports, contributed his expertise for the panel of judges).
¬†For 2013, the panel chose the Mark VII Volkswagen Golf (which will debut in the United States next year, as a 2015 model) as the World Car of the Year, saying it was ‚Äúas close to the perfect hatchback design as any car company has come yet. If ever there was a car for everyman, the Golf is it.‚ÄĚ
¬†This makes two in a row for Volkswagen, as the brand took top honors in 2012 with its Up! city car. The new Golf beat an impressive list of finalists, including the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86.
In the World Performance Car category, the new Porsche Boxster / Cayman defeated the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 to take the win, with the judges declaring that the Boxster is now less of a ‚Äúsecretary‚Äôs car,‚ÄĚ while the Cayman is a ‚Äúbetter Porsche sports car than the iconic 911.‚ÄĚ Those are their words, not ours.
In the World Car Design of the Year Category, it was the stunning new Jaguar F-Type that beat out challengers like the Mazda6 and the Aston Martin Vanquish. Of their pick the panelists called the F-Type ‚Äúalmost Italian at first glance,‚ÄĚ saying that the F-Type is ‚Äúthe promising dawn for the company‚Äôs latest roadster.‚ÄĚ
Calling the Model S ‚Äúfast and stylish,‚ÄĚ the judges cited the car‚Äôs sensible range, seating capacity and near-supercar performance as grounds for their selection. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†