Fifty-nine members of an international jury from 23 European countries have voted the VW Polo car of the year for 2010. It was tested alongside 33 rivals and seven candidates made it to the final, with the Polo emerging as the winner.
In an official ceremony in Wolfsburg, Germany, the prestigious trophy was awarded to Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn In his acceptance speech, Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, paid tribute to the employees: "It takes a great team to build winners like the Polo. I am proud the Volkswagen Group has such a strong and motivated team that has made the Polo with its cutting-edge technology, quality and safety affordable for everyone."
The Polo has already won a slew of awards in Europe, as well as the coveted five stars in the new, more stringent Euro NCAP crash test.
The last time a Volkswagen won Car of the Year was in 1992: Back then the new third generation Golf emerged victoriously over the Opel Astra and Citroën ZX. In the 2010 competition, the new Polo won with 347 points, outpacing the Toyota IQ.
Hakan Matson, president of the jury, had this to say: "It was the Polo’s comprehensive safety equipment and advanced range of engines that impressed us the most. On the Polo BlueMotion, Volkswagen was also able to add a very fuel-efficient yet affordable car to its car program."