Volkswagen’s seventh-generation Golf range – which includes pending diesel and plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions – has taken the 2013 World Car of the Year Award.

The honor bestowed in New York at the auto show was awarded as was the Tesla Model S, by a panel of 66 auto journalists from 23 countries.

“The Golf is just the right size – it’s spacious, practical and comfortable. It has got a fresh, progressive design, a new range of engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety systems. If there is a car for everyone, the Golf is it,” said a representative of the award panel for a car now evolved through three decades of development.


Competition was however tighter for this prestigious award than it had been for Tesla which supplanted two other finalists.

Other finalists vying against VW’s Golf were the Mazda M6 and CX-5, Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Land Rover Range Rover, Scion FR=S/Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86, Volvo V40, and Porsche Boxter/Cayman.

“We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named ‘World Car of the Year,’ said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. “To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials. Soon, for instance, the Golf will also be launched as a plug-in hybrid and as a 100% electric car.”

This is now the 17th award the Mark 7 Golf has won since first launched in November 2012, with its most recent accolade of European Car of the Year having been given three weeks ago.