The new Volkswagen Polo has today won the Car of the Year 2010 award.
The Polo BlueMotion was one of the reasons for the win – Hakan Matson, president of the jury, said that “Volkswagen was able to add a very fuel-efficient yet affordable car to its car programme”, adding that “It was the Polo’s comprehensive safety equipment and its advanced range of engines that impressed us the most.”
In today’s competition, 59 jurors from 23 European countries cast their votes. The Polo scored a narrow victory over the second-placed Toyota iQ – 347 points against 337.
The new Vauxhall Astra came third with 221 points, while the other finalists were the Skoda Yeti (158), the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (155), the Peugeot 3008 (144) and the Citroen C3 Picasso (113).
The objective of the COTY jury is to choose the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the past 12 months. Jurors vote twice: first to select a short-list of seven from the new cars launched in Europe, then again to choose the winner.