The Volkswagen Up has won this year’s World Car of the Year award

The Volkswagen Up has won this year’s World Car of the Year award, the baby hatchback beating off competition from the BMW 3 Series and Porsche 911 that also made the final three, and 34 models in total. The award was announced at the New York motor show.

The jurors praised the VW’s "responsive steering, sophisticated suspension set-up, efficient engines and the quality of materials and finish." They concluded that "the Up has altered what we have come to expect from the citycar segment," while expecting "every builder of citycars to up its game just to compete with the new VW."

The same jury also made Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque the World Car Design of the Year, the Porsche 911 World Performance Car of the Year and the Mercedes-Benz 250 CDI Blueefficiency World Green Car of the Year.

The World Car of the Year awards, which are voted for by 64 journalists from 25 countries, have now been running for eight years. Past winners include the Nissan Leaf (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), Volkswagen Golf (2009) and Mazda 2 (2008).

Richard Bremner

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5 April 2012

VW have won for 3 out of the last 4 years, including the Polo 2 years ago. Emmm!


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5 April 2012


Shows the panel is totally lacking in any imagination. There is nothing ground breaking or unique about this car

5 April 2012

Does the award also apply to the Skoda and the Seat versions of the car? There's no mention of that. Seems silly to just give it to the Volkswagen, or is that what you get for the extra money?

5 April 2012

Yawn............. maybe it will be as succesful as the Ampera/Volt... lol

5 April 2012

Well, At least its not a over priced EV!

5 April 2012

[quote theadamh1234]Well, At least its not a over priced EV![/quote]

I totally agree, but I'm sure the Mii or Citigo make a better case for themselves.

5 April 2012

I was following an Up this week, odd looking beasty. It was white with a black glass hatch. It looks very plastic. It struck me as looking like a big Apple computer monitor!

5 April 2012

Mostly moaners in the comments of an article about VW. How surprising... Not! Just like VW ;-) I fully agree with the jury. If it were easy to make such a good car within the limitations that exist in the segment, it would have been done before. It hasn't. And for being a VW, it's quite cheeky really and already a big success in Germany...

5 April 2012

[quote Onehp]it's quite cheeky [/quote]

A cheesy grin and an exclamation mark aren't enough to fool me!

5 April 2012

Whilst I like the Up, I do think it has somewhat hogged the awards of late. I sat in one a couple of weeks ago. It's very nice - well screwed together, reasonably roomy (though I wouldn't say passenger space is any better than in an Aygo/C1/107) and it's nicely finished. Also looks relatively nice. However, I still don't think it's the "jump ahead" in this segment that the press have been hailing it as. It isn't as economical as the PSA triplets in standard guise (in fact the fuel figures are no better than the triplets when they were launched 7 years ago) - so not groundbreaking in that area. The boot is an improvement - far more usable than that in the PSA triplets. And the plastics are a little better, even if this sacrifices the fun factor when it comes to the interior. And of course it apparently rides better than the competition. Definitely not quite as fun though.

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