2015 Volkswagen Golf Wins Motor Trend Car of the Year Award
Awards-season has been kind to the Golf. First, Yahoo Autos gave their Car of the Year Award to the GTI. Then, a week later, Green Car Reports bestowed their Best Car to Buy title upon the rest of the Golf family. And then this morning, the prestigious 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award was presented to VW of America CEO Michael Horn, in recognition of all four Golf models – the fun-to-drive Golf 1.8T, the fuel-efficient Golf TDI Clean Diesel, the sporty Golf GTI, and the zero-emissions electric e-Golf.
“Volkswagen is extremely proud to receive this prestigious award,” Horn said. “This recognition from Motor Trend is a testament to the versatility of the Golf family and the quality and value these cars offer in the compact hatchback segment.”
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All-new or substantially upgraded 2015 vehicles were eligible for the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year Award, which saw 23 contending autos narrowed down to just 10 finalists. In addition to the VW Golf, the other finalists included the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series, Ford Mustang, Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Kia Sedona, Lexus RC, Maserati Ghibli, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Each finalist was then subjected to extensive test driving and evaluated based on the following six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function.
“VW floored our judges by reimagining the seventh generation Golf for nearly every need and want,” said Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh. “From the value-laden Golf 1.8T and high-MPG Golf TDI to the legendary hot hatch GTI and all-electric e-Golf, there truly is a Golf for everyone.”
The Golf family hasn’t finished growing yet, either. VW plans to introduce a muscular 292 hp, all-wheel-drive Golf R and the Golf SportWagen range early next year.