Herndon, Virginia – The all-new, sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI has been named the 2010 Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine, the only make and model ever to win the  publication’s top award twice.

“At a time when the world’s economy is in shambles and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are on everyone’s minds, there remains only one car that ticks all the enthusiast boxes without setting off a single wretched-excess alarm,” said executive editor Joe DeMatio. “That’s the Volkswagen GTI, and that’s why it is, once again, Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year.”

The GTI was first introduced in the U.S. in 1983. The all-new version uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission or optional automated manual direct shift gearbox.

Connect with Autos.ca