The Volkswagen Golf has won the 2009 World Car of the Year award. A jury of fifty-nine international automotive journalists from twenty-five countries around the world chose the winner, which was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
The Golf has sold more than 26 million units in 120 countries, making it one of the top selling vehicles of all-time. The new sixth generation Golf first debuted at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, and made its U.S. debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Although the new Golf doesn’t look particularly revolutionary compared to the outgoing model, Volkswagen claims it’s quieter, sportier and more fuel efficient.
“It is a tremendous honour for Volkswagen to have its global best selling model, the Golf, named the 2009 World Car of the Year,” said Stefan Jacoby, President/CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “This is a great way to kick-off the new Golf here in America. We’re excited for the arrival of the sixth generation Golf, which will be in Volkswagen showrooms later this year. Simply put, we believe this is the best Golf ever.”