Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf earned a hat-trick in 2013 by claiming the European, World and now Japanese Car of the Year titles.After winning the 2013 European and World Car of the Year awards, the Golf has picked up its third major international car trophy – the Japanese Car of the Year award!At the 2013 Japanese event, held in conjunction with the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Golf achieved a first for imported cars in the island nation. In the 34-year history of the awards, no foreign car had won. 60 YEARS IN JAPANThe Golf competed against the Honda Jazz for honours and ultimately won with a commanding 504 votes from 60 jurors. The Jazz was second with 373 votes and Volvo’s V40 third with 167 votes.President of VW Japan Shigeru Shoji said: “This is a very special award for us in so many ways. First, our Golf 7 has become the first imported car to win Japan’s Coty; second, we achieved this in our 60th year since Volkswagen imports started into Japan.”EMOTIONAL MAZDAIn three new minor awards introduced in 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) picked up the “Innovation Award”, the Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) won the “Emotional Award” and the jointly developed Suzuki Spacia / Mazda Flair Wagon earned the ‘Small Mobility Award.’The Daihatsu Move earned the “Special Achievement Award” for its front seat lift design, technology created to assist senior citizens and people with disabilities.