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Volkswagen Golf Named 2013 World Car of the Year

After being named the 2013 European Car of the Year earlier this year, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf clinched the top prize in the 2013 World Car of the Year awards as well.
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At a press conference hosted by the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the all-new Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year. The other three finalists were the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86.

"We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named 'World Car of the Year'. To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials. Soon, for instance, the Golf will also be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a 100% electric car."

This is the second consecutive year that the German automaker has won the award, after the Volkswagen Up! was named World Car of the Year in 2012.

The 2013 World Performance Car of the Year was also announced at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the jury awarding the distinction to the Porsche Boxster / Cayman entry, which means that the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta had to settle as runner-ups. Moving forward, the World Green Car award was given to the Tesla Model S, the US-built EV gathering more votes than the other two finalists, the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid.

A committee of 66 journalists from 23 countries have voted in the 2013 World Car of the Year Awards.
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