The victory of the Volkswagen Golf in 2013 car of the year doesn't surprise anyone. The acceptance speech by Ulrich Hackenberg at the announcement press conference before the Geneva motor show was also notably short and low key.

What is more, by the time a third of the votes had been counted, the VW voting had doubled that of the laudable second runner, the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ.

Still, this was a vote entirely in line with the award's precepts - the Volkswagen Golf is excellent, it shows the future (especially in some of its more frugal versions) and it attacks things like weight loss and right-sizing, while introducing a new form of 'family' manufacture many will envy

For me it was second to the Toyobaru, only because it's more than 20 years since someone built a pure driver's car. The last was the Mazda MX-5 and that was far less practical.

Glad to see the Volvo V40 and Ford B-Max do okay, but sorry for Peugeot, whose hopes were high for its Peugeot 208. But it's a good decision