Volkswagen’s up! Has been awarded the ‘World Car of the Year 2012’ title yesterday at the New York International Auto Show.
The jury consisted of 66 journalists from 25 countries. The up! won by a majority.
Launched last December in Europe, the up! is powered by a new generation of 1.0 liter three-cylinder engines. Originally a 2-door hatchback, VW presented the four-door version of this city car early this year.
In the BlueMotion Technology version, the up! features a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration, low-friction ancillary drives for engine components and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance. In its less powerful version, the up! fuel consumption rating is 4.1 l/100 km, or 57.36 mpg.
The up! is no stranger to awards. It has to date also won the “2011 Goldene Lenkrad” (Golden Steering Wheel) in Germany and three awards from British motoring magazine What Car? “Car of the Year,” “City Car 2012” and the “Safety Award.”