• Apr 1, 2010

2010 World Car of the Year winner Volkswagen Polo

Awards season is finally winding down with the 2010 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year being handed out this morning at the 2010 New York Auto Show. After whittling the fields down to three finalists in each category, the panel of 59 international journalists voted one last time to crown the World Car of the Year.

While the Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Polo and Mercedes-Benz E-Class were nominated, it was the Polo that took home the gold for 2010 World Car of the Year.

On the performance vehicle front, the nominees were the Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 GT3 and Ferrari California, with the Audi winning top honors.

They also handed out a Design award for a group of finalists including the Citroen C3 Picasso, Kia Soul and Chevrolet Camaro. That honor went to the Camaro. (U-S-A! U-S-A!)

The Green category saw Volkswagen's line of diesel-powered BlueMotion vehicles beat out the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight hybrids. (Die-sel! Die-sel!)

Click below for a gallery of all the winners.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see America has been finally embracing the Euro-hatch market and ditching the full-size SUVs.
      Funny how the tables have turned in the U.S for automobiles.

      -Hummers were envied by most at one point, gone now.

      -Small eco-hatches & hybrids were looked down on, now they are high in demand.

      -Toyota was once the most dependable car brand, now they are falling.

      -Ford hit big financial woes earlier in the decade, now they are profiting like no other.

      -Diesel was for a while looked down on(in U.S), now it is some of the most effiecient fuel.

      etc, etc.

      The past 5 years have been so monumental in the way we look at automobiles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I think you're putting too much faith in Americans to actually change. The only difference is that during the gas price spike 1.5 years ago, more people picked up compacts than SUVs, and that now more people are buying huge CUVs instead of body on frame SUVs.

        When I start seeing Fits and Fiesta hatches in the Top 10 cars sold regularly and lots of diesels tooling about, I'll buy your argument.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        I'm sure you'll start seeing that if we ever hit European level gas prices, until then it doesn't make much sense for someone to buy a tiny efficient car unless they either like them, can only afford them, or think they're saving the world. The US isn't Europe, we actually got some space for our vehicles. Also those Fit's and Fiesta's barely get better gas mileage, in some cases the same hwy, than the Cobalt, Focus, Corolla, and Civic which all are in the top 15 selling vehicle lists. If that's the case what really is the point in buying an even smaller car than those other than to try to be like or impress some foreigners who will come only come up with some other reason why they think they're better than us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      possibly the best looking VW ever

      I'n not a VW fan at all (actually I avoid anything coming out of VW/Audi due to their electircal glitches) but this car design is very good.

      If they have managed to do away with the electonic bugs this deserves the title

      I just saw a 2010 A5 the other day and the brake lights were lit the whole time,
      I was behind him and we even stopped and accelerated from a red light. no change to the luminesence out of hte tail lights
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think if anyone does any research on cars, they would be amazed at the number of electrical and mechanical issues all OEMs encounter. Many of the same parts are bought by OEMs from the same automotive suppliers.

        It does not surprise me that a firm that collects data in a US centric fashion, would rate VW poorly as VW has only 2% market share here.

        Yet the VW brand doesn't suffer the same poor image in a worldwide market.

        I would suggest TSBs as a better source of understanding the issues:
        http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/tsbs/
        • 4 Years Ago
        I continue to see late model A4s and even and A5 with burned out lamps. IMO the 5s are too new to have burnouts like that from heavy use.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'll second the best looking vw ever comment. last i saw one i just stopped and stated, the proportions are that good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I'n not a VW fan at all (actually I avoid anything coming out of VW/Audi due to their electircal glitches) but this car design is very good."

        The electrical issues were pretty much restricted to mk4 Golfs, Bora/Jettas and Beetles sourced in Mexico. The German, Eastern European and South African sourced models (i.e. Golfs and Boras) appeared to have largely escaped those issues. I've never known a Polo owner to complain about electrical gremlins.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think that new A5-like VW coupe concept is the best looking VW ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        maybe you saw the GTI burn down in the parking lot
        had been parked there for 6 hours

        and take a look at JD Power data
        VW is pretty much in the 3rd place from the bottom

        if you do some research you find that the reason they are there is because of electronic issues

        and your 20yr old has really no electronics in it, so what did you expect

        the 2010 A5 was just one example, pay attention to VW/Audi and even M-B adn you'll notice a lot of their cars taillights have issues when they are just 1 or 2 yr old
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Polo looks really good, I wonder if it will ever come to the US. Great choices overall, especially for the performance vehicles category.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, if we could only get the super light Polo GTI in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is what i would call a true evolution of the original '84 rabbit gti hot hatch. the current golf gti is a pig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ummmm this won? Geshh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Camaro wins the design award!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea;40 years ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know I can't believe it either....Camaro wins the design award. What? How can you win a design award when all you did was freshen up a 43 yr old design. Come on. This is what design is about? I don't mind the looks of the Camaro, but there had to be some exchange of money to get this car picked. On a side note, the only world car out of the three is the Kia Soul.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ironic how this article chants (U-S-A!) for the design win for the Camaro... after all, Sangyup Lee was the designer from Korea...

      http://cardesignnews.com/site/designers/whos_where/display/store4/item182267/
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, the polo doesn't have hybrid like fuel economy? Lmao. Anywho, good for VW, it's a great car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My obligatory yay-Polo! comment. Don't really have much else to add, other than DO WANT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's extremely hard to tell the difference between the GTI and the Polo. From pictures at least.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently when you see them in person it makes a huge differance because VW managed to make a small car appear much bigger then it is. From what I hear/read the Polo is about the size of a Fit/Yaris which is much smaller then the Golf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In person, the Polo always reminds me of what the '86 Civic hatch should have become, before Honda bloated it out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And now if only VW would grace us with the Polo and all its different models here it would be even better news! DCT's and Diesels for everyone!
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