At the New York International Motor Show today, the new Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2009 World Car of the Year.
The Volkswagen Golf VI was chosen from an initial entry list of 51 entries nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries. Padraic Deane represents Ireland on the jury.
The jurors voted in January 2009 to establish a top 10 shortlist. A second round of voting took place in February when jurors were asked to score the top 10 candidates based on merit, value, safety, environment, significance, and emotional appeal. The prestigious World Car of the Year was then chosen from those top 10 finalists, tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG.
WCOTY jurors observed the new Golf VI employed Scirocco styled grille and headlights and larger tail lights. However, it also felt more expensive than other family hatches, thanks to its solid build and high quality cabin.
“Customers receive a choice of six engines, including the punchy and efficient 158hp 1.4-litre TSI unit that features both a turbo and supercharger. The Golf is also available with the company’s new 2.0-litre common-rail diesel motor with either 108 or 138hp. It goes without saying that choosing between the slick six-speed manual and superb DSG twin-clutch gearbox can be difficult.
“Sitting on an outstanding chassis, the VW is more refined than its rivals, especially when motorway cruising. Wind, road, and engine noise are kept to a minimum, making the Golf a relaxing long distance companion.”
The top three contenders for 2009 World Car of the Year title were, in alphabetical order, the Ford Fiesta, the Toyota iQ, and the Volkswagen Golf VI.
"We are honored that our new sixth generation Golf was named World Car of the Year." said Stefan Jacoby, president/CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "The Golf is an iconic nameplate for the Volkswagen Brand and is known throughout the world.
“The Golf is Volkswagen's best selling car with more than 26 million units sold in over 120 countries."
Also announced in New York by the World Car of the Year jury were:
The 2009 World Car Design of the Year - the Fiat 500,
The 2009 World Green Car - the Honda FCX Clarity,
The 2009 World Performance Car - the Nissan GT-R.
Each WCOTY juror was appointed by the World Car steering committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Jurors typically drive and evaluate 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 worldwide.