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Polo wins World Car of the Year

2010-04-02 11:01
VW’s Polo has secured the German car giant its second World Car of the Year award in as many years.

Last year the company’s Golf6 took top honours and this year it was the smaller Polo’s turn.

VW’s junior hatchback bested the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Prius to take the WCOTY award, which was announced at the New York auto show on Thursday.

VW also took the World Green car of the Year award with its BlueMotion cars defeating both the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, winning over those tree huggers amongst the specialist environmentally schooled judging panel.

Pleasing the Yanks

Controversially the Chevrolet Camaro won the design prize, besting Kia’s Soul and the Cirtoen C3 Picasso. Judges said "the new Camaro leans on its heritage, but does so in an artful, modern fashion." We think the panel was pandering to the WCOTY awards location – which was the New York motor show…

The World Car of the Year competition was launched in 2004, with winners chosen by a panel of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America.

With the new Polo having won, VW haters must be significantly second guessing their judgement with regards to what constitutes a class leading car…

Wheels24's experience with the new Polo would rank it as the best car in class, boasting tremendous build quality, refinement and impeccable road manners. The diesel model has horrendously ill-calibrated anti-stall clutch actuation though...

Oh yes, the Audi R8 was chosen as performance car of the year - something which is sure to grate Porsche and Ferrari fans no end...

We're quite chuffed with the winners - seeing as we predicted both the Polo and R8 V10 victories.

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