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  • Volkswagen Golf voted car of the year

    Mar 07, 2013, 08:59
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    The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is voted European car of the year. The winner was announced in Switzerland at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

    The award is arranged by seven largest European automotive titles with jury consisting of 59 journalists from 22 European countries. According to conditions of the award, only new cars which hit the market of five European countries at least, with the annual production volume of more than 5,000 cars, may take part in it.

    The voting consists of two stages: first of all jury specifies finalists based on the results in seven categories, while on the second stage each jury member shares between finalists 25 points. The car collecting largest number of points receives the award, being announced the winner at the Geneva motor show. 32 cars took part in the competition this year and such cars as Ford B-Max, Hyundai i30, Mercedes A-Class, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40 reached the final stage.

    The winner – Volkswagen Golf 7 – was voted with 414 points leaving behind other cars by a landslide. Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86, sharing the second spot got 202 points each, were second and Volvo V40 took third place with 189 points. Such popular cars as Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 are just sixth and seventh in the list respectively. According to journalists, Volkswagen Golf haven't been in this rating so high for long and managed to top it only in 1992.

    The Car of the year award is held since 1964. The best car of the last year was voted Opel Ampera.

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