This particular award enjoys the most prestigious reputation and it was presented to Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn at a ceremony in Wolfsburg this evening. The new Polo has now therefore been officially crowned car of the year 2010.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, paid special tribute to the employees: ‘It takes a great team to build winners like the Polo. I am proud the Volkswagen Group has such a strong and motivated team that has made the Polo with its cutting-edge technology, quality and safety affordable for everyone.’
The jury comprising 59 leading motoring journalists from 23 European countries already chose the best new cars at the end of last November. 33 rivals were tested by the jury this year. Seven candidates made it to the final, and the Polo emerged as the winner.
Apart from the coveted ‘Car of the Year’ award, the new Polo has also scooped up several other trophies since its market launch last summer: the list of successes includes the ‘Green’ and ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ (Springer Verlag), ‘Best Car of 2009′ (auto motor sport) and ‘Auto Trophy’ (Autozeitung). The Polo was also awarded the coveted five stars in the new, more stringent Euro NCAP crash test.
The Polo is currently available in a choice of seven engines – four petrol and three diesel. The Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDI (55 kW / 75 PS) epitomizes the potential of the three new diesel engines; with an average fuel consumption of 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers and 87g CO2 per kilometer, this model is currently the world’s most economical five-seater with the lowest emissions.”