The second day of the New York Auto Show festivities have just kicked with the annual World Car of the Year awards, and we've just learned that the top honors for 2013 go to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. The win marks the second in a row for Volkswagen, which also collected the hardware in 2012 for its Up! supermini.

The World Car awards are handed out by a panelist of 66 auto journalists from around the world, including Autoblog European Editor, Matt Davis. Runners-up for the big award included the Audi A3, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.

Also announced this morning is the winner of the 2013 World Performance Car award. In this category, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman has been picked by the jury over a number of other contenders, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M135i, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Renault Clio Sport and the Toyobaru triplets.

Moving to more eco-friendly matters, the World Green Car award has been handed to the – surprise, surprise – Tesla Model S. The all-electric sedan topped the Renault Zoe, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Diesel.

Lastly, the annual World Car Design laurels have been awarded to the impossibly pretty Jaguar F-Type, besting other attractive finalists including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Renault Clio, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Golf.

Have a look at all the World Car winners in our galleries below.

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28-MAR-2013: VOLKSWAGEN GOLF DECLARED 2013 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR


AND NOW THERE IS ONE....

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF DECLARED 2013 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR



NEW YORK - March 28, 2013 - For Immediate Release

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year.

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen has won the prestigious World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since 2009. The Volkswagen Up! won in 2012, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and the Volkswagen Golf VI in 2009.

The Volkswagen Golf was chosen from an initial entry list of forty-two new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then four finalists: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen Golf.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said: "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."

The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "Honed over seven generations since its original launch in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is as close to the perfect hatchback design as any car company has come yet. Right sized, but spacious, practical and comfortable inside, the latest Golf has been brought up to date with a fresh if evolutionary design, a range of new engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety features. What's more, it's fun to drive. If ever there was a car for everyman, the Golf is it."

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May 30, 2013.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-six (66) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-three (23) countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide.

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Up! in 2012, the Nissan Leaf in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

About the World Car Awards

Now in their ninth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford (U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy is the World Car Awards' research partner. The company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global automotive media coverage.


PHOTOS from today's press conference are available for download on our web site at www.wcoty.com > Award Photos.


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      Klep
      • 1 Year Ago
      He probably should have thought about how a blue suit in front of a blue car would look.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The anti-Golf carping from ill informed Americans gets boring. The Golf has a stellar reputation in Europe and across the world. This is NOT the crappy made junk of years ago. It delivers good performance, good fuel economy and practicality for the majority of those that buy it. It is NOT a niche vehicle like the Subaru/Toyota car, nor a gas swilling trophy vehicle that Americans wet themselves over NOR a giant suv/truck that takes up space and swallows resources with negligible benefits. The world exists beyond these two coasts.
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        > The world exists beyond these two coasts. SHHHH! Don't tell them that! I've seen plenty of examples of my fellow U.S. citizens who are quite content living in their bubble....
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        your both ratings prove you right. i visited the states once for a school exchange. people asked me if we had highways or microwaves and wahing machines! i'm serious
      aatbloke1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the civilised world, the Golf represents the pinnacle of what is achieved in a small, affordable family car. It's well-engineered, superbly built, reliable, offers excellent residual values, and easy to live with. It's a wise choice for this award.
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        >In the civilised world, the Golf represents the pinnacle of what is achieved in a small, affordable family car. It's well-engineered, superbly built, reliable, offers excellent residual values, and easy to live with. It's a wise choice for this award. As an engineer, I definitely concur. However, to the general reality-TV-mindset of the masses - logic like this tends to go way over their heads...
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J
          your rating proves you right i guess!
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        you lost me at reliable.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Avinash - Ive spent many years there on business. No implication is necessary. Desinerd - it isnt exactly rocket science to lose you in any capacity. You have no experience of the wider world so theres no equivalent playing field.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Are you implying that Americans are not civilized?
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think anyone is going to say that the Golf is a bad car, but the blind love affair that the (mostly European) automotive press has with that car is kind of ridiculous... especially when faced against such stiff competition from truly revolutionary cars like the Tesla Model S, or cars that revitalize a segment like the FRS/BRZ twins.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        You will notice that the Model S won its segment, but the FRS/BRZ is never going to beat the Boxster/Cayman at anything but affordability.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hello, Brian
          No one said that it was a bad thing, but when you are awarding the best, you award the best. These awards are based on best-in-class; not cheapest in class.
          Hazdaz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hello, Brian
          And that's a bad thing? Since when it having the performance or fun at a considerably lower price a bad thing? Even if it only offers up 7/8th the performance at 1/2 to 2/3rd the price, that sounds like a huge win for car enthusiasts.
        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Thing is, should they awards for the best innovation or for a car that most actually just wanna buy? Imo Tesla Model S should by no means be selected as World Car of the Year thinking the problems around it, price and it simply not yet improving in all aspects of gasoline car, but actually going backwards.
          Hazdaz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pdexter
          The "problems" around it? Meaning what? It costs less than an M5 and offers up BETTER performance. In fact, it starts at right about what the Jag F-type starts at, so if its not an issue for that car, why would one of the most technologically advanced cars on the road today be labeled as being too expensive? Its range is a non-issue for most drivers in most applications, especially so in an area like Europe where commutes are typically much less than that of the US. What it comes right down to it is that this is pure nationalistic bias. If the Model S had some fancy logo from BMW, M-B or Audi, it would have won this award no questions asked. Tesla was robbed.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        [blocked]
      Bruce
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a 2013 Golf? Thought it was a 2003. Or, maybe a 1993. Who can tell?
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce
        It's called evolutio, not revolution.
      sfblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should have driven it around the block so the black soot fromt he TDi engine would cover the driver side rear bumper before it accepted it\'s award.
        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sfblog
        Ever hear of a diesel particulate filter? Obviously not.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW on its never ending quest for ultimate blandness.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yes, the world\'s most profitable car company needs all the help it can get. Do you think before you type?
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        Better on race track? Yes. And that's it. It's fun to drive because of tiny tires and reduced grip. Plus no torque at low revs, rubbish automatic transmission, low quality interior. It's fairly technologically unadvanced car for quite a lot of money - in Europe GT86 is more expensive than 211hp VW Scirrocco 2.0 TSI with DSG transmission or Audi A3 1.8 TFSI Quattro.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      How this deserved the award over the kickass Tesla Model S i will never understand
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        The Tesla model S isn't a world car, and never will be. Which, if you really stop and apply a few brain cells, is an intrinsic consideration to the term "world car of the year". Good lord.
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Because nobody outside America will ever buy a Tesla Model S.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Really, you dumbshits? It won World Green Car of the Year, so if it took that, then what was to stop it from taking the full award? exactly. ******* idiots.
      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who's better half owns a GTI, I don't see the award-winning aspect of this car. Average at most things, with nothing to particularly indicate a great build quality (especially the interior), and it's been to the shop for quirky issues more than it should be. Maybe other automobiles are just that bad, that this one seems exemplary.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john
        What does your \"better half\'s\" GTI have to do with a car that isn\'t currently for sale? They share a name, but they are not the same.
      cxv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Five years down the road is going to be needing expensive repairs. An Elantra, Mazda 3 would have been better for a price and reliability point of view plus cost of ownership.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's interesting that one of the most important criteria - reliability - is not even considered. I guess they are trying to level the playing field.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        golfs are considered pretty bulletproof so I don't know what you are talking about
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        How can you consider reliability in a brand new model?
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