After Europe, Golf now eyes the world
THE VW Golf, having been voted European Car of the Year by a huge majority, is now a favourite to become World Car of the Year.
The hatchback got 414 votes from the jury of European motoring journalists. The nearest rival was the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ with 202. Judges said the Golf won because of its achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort.
This is the second time the Golf, now in its seventh generation, has won the top award. The second generation model took the honours in 1992. The only other car to win the award twice was the Renault Clio. Votes for the other finalists went to Volvo V40, 189; Ford B-MAX, 148; Mercedes Benz A Class, 138; Renault Clio, 128; Peugeot 208, 120; and Hyundai i30, 111.
The finalists left in the World Car of the Year title race are the VW Golf, Mercedes Benz A Class, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ.