• Apr 9, 2009
Click above for a high res gallery of the finalists

It seems everyone has a car of the year award to give out from the perpetual (and perpetually controversial) Motor Trend version to the North American COTY named at the Detroit Auto Show. This morning at the New York Auto Show, the one and only World Car of the Year was named. Actually, four winners were named, an overall victor, best design, best performance and best green car. The only car to make it to the final three in two different categories was the diminutive Toyota iQ that also appeared as the latest Scion concept yesterday.

The overall winner chose by the 59 international jurors turned out to be the new VW MK VI Golf, beating out the Ford Fiesta and the iQ. Among the top performance cars, the Nissan GT-R beat out rivals like the Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911. The top design was between the Citroen C5, Fiat 500 and the Jaguar XF with the 500 taking the beauty contest honors.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      if VW wins anything, it should be a highest cost to own award.
      they make some great cars.....when they work, which is not often.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At tekd: I know plenty of people with Passats, Polos, Golfs, et al who have had no problems whatsoever. We've had a Jetta Sportline since 2007 again with no problems at all.

        The electrical issues were pretty much almost entirely confined to the mk4 Golf, Jetta and original Beetle. Now, in the USA, that's the bulk of VW's line-up, but not elsewhere in the world. Furthermore, when looking at those models alone, the US gets a choice of just a couple of engines whereas much of the rest of the world gets a whole raft of different engines to choose from. Furthermore, Americans aren't privy to the Seat and Skoda models spawned from VW platforms.

        That's one key reason why Americans have a different perception to VW than almost everyone else.

        • 5 Years Ago
        BS. Just because the mk4 Golf/Jetta/Beetle platform was beset with electrical problems, a small group of individuals seem intent on rubbishing VW's name at every opportunity. Whilst it was a serious glitch, it shouldn't impede VW's reputation and hasn't done in most parts of the world.

        VW has an excellent reputation generally worldwide, and little wonder that their Skoda subsidiary practically tops Lexus in every reliability survey published.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jessie
        So the key to enjoying a VW is to get the radio stolen so we'll never have electrical problems with it!
        Personally I'll wait until VW proves that they can make cars without electrical gremlins. It has nothing to do with Mk IV's, VW's have had weird electrical problems since the Beetle.

        Still the newer ones are probably more reliable or they wouldn't sell so many cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Jaguar XF ... taking the beauty contest honors."...deserved
        • 5 Years Ago
        it clearly says 500 meaning the fiat. read read read !!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      ya Fiesta is way more interesting, and making much more of a splash on the market, both in Europe and in NA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Fiat 500 is a good design. Rarely is such an affordable car so well styled. It is very deserving of this award. I feel a little bit bad for Jaguar, the XF is quite a looker, but this year it wasn't top of the heap.

      How did the Citroen C5, a car last refreshed in 2007, get on the design awards candidate list?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The current-gen C5 was introduced in 2008. It's not just a refresh, but an all-new design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The current C5 design was announced in October 2007. I guess it didn't ship until March 2008 the press releases say.

        I still find it odd that a car that was announced 18 months ago and shipped a year ago is eligible as a new design. It must have missed the ship cutoff in 2008 by a couple days?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Way to go GT-R. Well deserved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fiat 500 in a beauty contest and beating the Jaguar??? Ahhh, come on...

      Also, the Golf is a nice car, the previous one is better looking and i prefer the Fiesta.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously? The Golf VI?

      Isn't the Golf VI just a re-skin of the Golf V? Same platform and everything?

      How did the Fiesta not take it? And isn't the 500 a 2008 model?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many of these awards are trustworthy I wonder. Some of them might be more like advertorials.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're just someone's opinion, and like everyone else's opinion they stink.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, world car is defined as crap-hatch and the best world car is the best crap-hatch? Thank you Europeans.

      Best performance car = slower, heavier, maintenanca hog. Go Datsun!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, don't worry! I'm sure you will soon be able to spend $1500 more and get less cargo space and usability for a mechanically-identical mk VI Jetta so you can say you don't drive a "crap-hatch."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fastest and best handling car doesn't get the performance award...
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF
      • 5 Years Ago
      i still vote fiesta.
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