April 1, 2010
New York, New York – The Volkswagen Polo has been named the World Car of the Year, while Volkswagen’s BlueMotion models took Green Car of the Year, the Audi R8 won Performance Car of the Year, and the Chevrolet Camaro was named Design of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.
The awards are named by a panel of judges, including journalists and auto industry experts, from 25 countries around the world.
The Polo marks the second year in a row that Volkswagen has taken the top spot, winning in 2009 with the Golf. The Polo was selected from an initial list of 30 entries, and then from three finalists that included the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Prius.
“We’re honoured that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG. “After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo. These automobiles have reaped numerous awards, winning well nigh every prize the automotive industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history.”
Volkswagen also took the World Green Car award for its BlueMotion models, including the Polo, Golf and Passat, over finalists Honda Insight and Toyota Prius.
The Audi R8 V10 won as World Performance Car, the second time the R8 has been named the winner in the category, previously for the V8 version. It is also the third time Audi has won the World Performance Car title in the five years it has been awarded, taking it in 2007 for the RS4.
The Chevrolet Camaro was named the 2010 World Car Design of the Year, presented by BASF. Cars eligible for the award are taken from the list of 30 World Car candidates, with the winner determined by a panel of five world design experts, who said that “the new Camaro leans on its heritage but does so in an artful, modern fashion.”
Other finalists for the World Car Design were the Citroen C3 Picasso and Kia Soul.