The Volkswagen Up! has been named the 2012 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show, besting the all-new Porsche 911 and BMW 3-Series.
"This award shows once again that in the Up! our designers and engineers have created a vehicle that has been thought through in minute detail--a vehicle that sets standards in its class for efficient use of space, safety, motoring fun and environmental compatibility," said Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG.
The World Car of the Year award is the latest honor to be bestowed on the Up! city car. Shortly after it went on sale in December 2011, it topped the statistics for new-vehicle registration in Germany and received the maximum five-star rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Program as well as the 'Advanced Award' for its city emergency-braking system. The iF Design Institute also gave the Up! its 'iF design award in Gold'.
The Volkswagen Up! was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show November 2011.