The Mk7 Volkswagen Golf’s list of plaudits just keeps on growing – and its latest accolade is its biggest yet.
Announced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, a panel of judges has decreed the new Golf, European Car of the Year 2013 (ECotY).
It’s the second time a Golf has taken the ECotY title, the Mk3 Golf last to receive the honour at its launch in 1992. Volkswagen’s only other victory was in 2010, with the Polo.
Only one other car has ever won the title twice: Renault’s Clio, in 1991 and 2006. Despite the new Clio‘s much improved styling, cabin and driving characteristics, the hotly contested voting saw it rank only 6th, with 128 votes.
In third place was Volvo’s V40 on 189 votes, the Ford B-Max with 148, and the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with 138. After the Clio, Peugeot’s 208 took 120 votes and the Hyundai i30 rounded off the list, with 111.
The European Car of the Year title is one of the most prestigious accolades in the motoring world.
Since 1964, a collection of automobile magazines from all around Europe has voted on the year’s most significant new cars. The voting often causes surprises, and is often swayed by unusual or intriguing engineering – last year’s victory was shared between the range-extended electric Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt twins.
The contest’s most successful manufacturer is Fiat, which has picked up nine ECotY titles since 1964, most recently with 2008’s Fiat 500.