There's controversy in the ranks of Germany's Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (more commonly known as ADAC). The group's annual car of the year contest has come under fire after accusations of vote-rigging.

ADAC has admitted that the number of votes for the Volkswagen Golf had been inflated, from 3,409 to 34,299, by the club's communications chief, Michael Ramstetter, who has since resigned from both his position in ADAC and as editor of the ADAC-owned magazine, Motorwelt. The Golf had been named the winner of the club's prestigious Yellow Angel award, although ADAC has argued that the Golf's extra votes wouldn't have changed the overall rankings. That's now being brought into question.

When asked if the manipulated votes had affected the overall rankings for the award (how would 30,000 votes not affect the rankings in some way?) by Motorwelt, Peter Meyer, ADAC's embattled president, told the magazine, "I cannot answer this with certainty."

"Whether or not this is true should be determined by an examination that we have asked external inspectors to lead and carry out," Meyer told Motorwelt, according to Reuters. Volkswagen, meanwhile, is left in the awkward position of holding an illustrious award that it may have no claim to. It's waiting for the results of the investigation before figuring out what should be done, according to Reuters, although there's been no official statement.

With the scandal being actively investigated, the Yellow Angel award's days are almost certainly numbered, a realization reached by Meyer. "Does the Yellow Angel have a future? No, absolutely not. It has no future," Meyer told Automobilwoche.


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      philliphickok
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glittering prizes and endless compromises, shatter the illusion of integrity. Rush!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The automotive equivalent of ballot stuffing.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Volkswagen, meanwhile, is left in the awkward position" Typical Autoblog, trying to make VW look innocent. Do you really think CrapWagon -The only company that would benefit from this award - had no hand in this?
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rigging votes to make our cars look better. That's the power of German engineering
        kontroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        same as toyota paying off all kinds of rating agencies, in particular the POS jdpower so that their garbage lexus gets good ratings...nothing new
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kontroll
          Toyota doesn't need to rig the votes. Lexus cars are 100 times better than crappy turds made by German automakers. Mercedes, BMW etc don't even come close to Lexus in terms of quality, fit and finish.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kontroll
          [blocked]
          damienreiduae
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kontroll
          A 1972 Chevy ran like cr*p even when it was new. So...
      Mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      True German Engineering.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Cute statement, but this is further evidence that all car awards are bullcrap. Whether it's the North American Car/Truck of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, Consumer Reports, JD Power. There is no value to these awards whatsoever.
          t_dixon28
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RGT881
          At least the North American Car and Truck of the year.Is voted by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, and not from one country.
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Germans couldn't take a foreign car winning, like two (or three now) years back when the reliability charts came out. In the A segment, the Fiat 500 best out a home grown product. Oh, the outrage!
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess they can be put in the same category as J.D. Powers and the Nobel Prize....both frauds.
        Pat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        I love free comments like this one. .sources?
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Why? Because Nelson Mandela got one?
          JaredN
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Mandela deserved his Nobel Peace Prize. On the other hand, why, exactly, did our current President get his Nobel Peace Prize? For dramatically increasing drone strikes over our previous president?
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nazism roots start to show
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can Motor Trend be investigated next?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Germans, being nationalist? Huh...you don't say?... Ultimately, who cares what car wins what award. Most awards in any industry are politically affected. Do your research, test drive a few cars and buy what you like.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        I think it's funny most of the times people say this stereotypic and uneducated BS 1. have never been to Germany (or any other country they like to pick on) and 2. live in one of the most nationalistic and patriotic countries on this planet. The rest you say is right though. Bought or faked stuff like this happens everyday on the internet, wherever you look. Awards or statistics are always influenced from the outside..everywhere. Welcome to the modern world of marketing!
      thecommentator2013
      • 1 Year Ago
      Germans rig votes since 1933....
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      German Engineering in vote manipulating!
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