The Volkswagen Polo has been named the 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show
The award makes it the second victory in a row for the Volkswagen brand, after the Golf won in 2009.
The Volkswagen Polo beat fellow top-three contestants, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Prius, to scoop the award, which recognises "merit, value, safety, environment, significance and emotional appeal".
"We're honored 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."
Now in their seventh year, the annual World Car awards is voted on by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries throughout the world.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen has also taken out the World Green Car award with its BlueMotion models.
The BlueMotion range (available for Polo, Golf and Passat) beat two finalists in the 2010 World Green Car award - the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius.
"BlueMotion is one of the most successful efficiency brands worldwide, it stands for tremendous competence in efficient and economical drive trains at Volkswagen," said Prof. Winterkorn.
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