The all-new Volkswagen Golf may have just been launched in September 2012 at the Paris Motor Show, yet it has already earned the respect of motoring journalists globally--enough for it to win the honor of 2013 World Car of the Year.
The Golf is the fourth Volkswagen model in the past five years to bag the highly coveted award, following the Up in 2012, the Polo in 2010, and the previous-model Golf in 2009.
"We are all delighted that the Golf has been named World Car of the Year," said Volkswagen board chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn. "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."
We guess that if the local Volkswagen distributor decides to bring in the Golf as part of its initial product lineup, we'll probably see the "World Car of the Year" tag attached to it as its marketing pitch.