Volkswagon Polo took home 2010 World Car of the Year award

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In the panel of 59 international journalists voted to crown the World Car of the Year. Both the 2010 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year awards were handed out this morning at the 2010 New York Auto Shows. The Volkswagon Polo took home the 2010 World Car of the Year award. The top ten candidates were each given a score based on merit, value, safety, environment, significance and emotional appeal.

In the  2010 World Car of the Year award, the Volkswagon Polo won over two finalists, the Toyota Prius and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

“We’re honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors as the 2010 World Car of The Year,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. “After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo. These automobiles have reaped numerous awards, winning well-nigh every prize the automotive industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history.”

In the World Performance Car of the Year, the Audi R8 V10 took home the trophy. The finalists in this award were Audi R8 V10, Porshe 911 GT3 and Ferrari California.

In the Design category, the award was handed to the Chevrolet Camaro over the finalists, Citroen C3 Picasso and Kia Soul.

Last, the Green category, Volkswagen’s diesel-power BlueMotion cars took out the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight hybrids. Who would have thought that the Prius would lose in this match.

This year awards seemed to be won by the wild cards. Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

Here is a spec refresher of our 2010 Car of the Year winner, Volkswagon Polo.

The new Volkswagon Polo has about six engine configurations, with power output from 105 horsepower to 178 horsepower in the turbo model. In the new 2011 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion 3-Door TDI Diesel, which has an amazing average fuel consumption of 71 mpg and emits only 87 g/km of CO2. The VW Polo can go up to 852 miles on a full tank of diesel. It also includes BlueMotion Start/Stop technology to save fuel during city driving.