Volkswagen’s Golf has been named Europe’s Car of the Year 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The lower-medium car beat the Ford B-Max, Hyundai i30, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio and Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 to the honour.
The finalists were evaluated by the panel of judges, consisting of 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries, during the past few months under a broad range of criteria, such as fuel efficiency, comfort, safety, driving properties, functionality, design and technological progress.
Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen AG, said: “That's a superb result, and we are very proud of it.
"This most significant European award is the perfect final touch to the list of prizes we've already won.”