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Polo Voted 2010 European Car of the Year

Mon, 30 Nov 2009

An international jury of 59 members from 23 European countries has voted the new VW Polo European Car of the Year

 

The new Polo won a narrow victory with 347 points, against 337 for the Toyota iQ. Next best was the Opel/Vauxhall Astra with 221 points, Skoda Yeti with 158 points, Mercedes E-Class with 155 points, Peugeot 3008 with 144 points and Citroen C3 Picasso with 113 points.

 

“The fifth generation Polo was designed to address customer expectations with even greater uncompromising standards. That is why we are naturally very pleased to see our efforts validated in the form of this award,” says Professor Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Group.

 

Selection as Car of the Year is one of the oldest and most esteemed awards in Europe. The best of all new car introductions have been awarded annually since 1964. The last time a Volkswagen won was in 1992: Back then the new third generation Golf emerged victoriously over the Opel Astra and Citroën ZX. In today’s competition, 59 jurors from 23 European countries cast their votes. The new Polo won with 347 points, outpacing the Toyota iQ.

 

Since its market launch in May of this year, Volkswagen has received over 130,000 orders for the new benchmark car of the compact class. The Polo is available as a dynamic 3-door and comfortable 5-door in Germany. As the Polo BlueMotion, just 3.3 litre fuel consumption makes it the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly five-seater in the world.

 

More at Volkswagen

 

Test and video at HJUK Polo V Test

 

UK EUROPEAN CAR OF THE YEAR JURORS WERE:

STEVE CROPLEY                                                  AUTOCAR
ANDREW ENGLISH                                               DAILY TELEGRAPH
RAY HUTTON                                                        SUNDAY TIMES
PAUL HORRELL                                                    TOP GEAR MAGAZINE
JOHN SIMISTER                                                    THE INDEPENDENT             
PHIL MCNAMARA                                                  CAR

PREVIOUS WINNERS EUROPEAN CARS OF THE YEAR:

2010                        VOLKSWAGEN POLO
2009                        VAUXHALL INSIGNIA
2008                        FIAT 500
2007                        FORD S-MAX
2006                        RENAULT CLIO
2005                        TOYOTA PRIUS
2004                        FIAT PANDA
2003                        RENAULT MEGANE
2002                        PEUGEOT 307
2001                        ALFA ROMEO 147
2000                        TOYOTA YARIS
1999                        FORD FOCUS
1998                        ALFA ROMEO 156
1997                        RENAULT MEGANE SCENIC
1996                        FIAT BRAVO / BRAVA
1995                        FIAT PUNTO

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