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Volkswagen Golf Wins 2013 Car Of The Year at Geneva Motor Show +VIDEO

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VW Golf wins 2013 Car Of The Year

The Volkswagen Golf has been the clear winner of Car of the Year 2013 award, with 414 points, ahead of Toyota GT-86 (Subaru BRZ), 202 points, and Volvo V40, with 189 points. Golf’s third generation also won CotY trophy in 1992.

GENEVA - March 4, 2013: The compact Volkswagen is one of the all-time top sellers in the global market, and the only model, together with Renault Clio, to have won twice the CotY award. All seven generations of this model have been in the podium of Car of the Year along almost four decades, since the position as runner-up of the original Golf in 1975.

The new Golf has been recognized by the Jury for its overall balance and the outstanding achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort. Almost familiar in looks, Golf VII is  entirely new under the skin, with a lightweight structure based in the new MQB flexible platform of VW group for passenger vehicles with transversal powertrains. The nice-looking cabin, with a classic style and analogue instrumentation, is roomy and has materials of excellent feel which contribute to the perceived quality.

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In top of an updated ESP, there is an impressive array of active safety items, such as active braking in prevention of an impact and also after an accident, driver fatigue detection, lane-keeping assistance or adaptive cruise control. The road behaviour, pleasant ride and aural comfort are also very reassuring. Launched as a 3/5 door hatchback, the new compact will be, as usual, deployed in every kind of body styles, with or without the Golf name. Engines will also increase in number, with a next power top of 230 hp for the GTI version and 184 for the GTD diesel. Among the launch engines, all of them fitted with stop&start systems, the 1.4 TSI may equip the ACT deactivation of two cylinders at low speeds for a better fuel economy.

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- Body: 3/5-door hatchback
- Size: 4.26 X 1.80 X 1.45 m. Wheelbase: 2.64 m.
- Transmission: Front/all wheel drive. Manual/automatic gearbox
- Petrol engines: 1.2TSI (85&105 hp), 1.4TSI (122&140 hp)
- Diesel engines: 1.6TDi (105 hp), 2.0TDi (150 hp)

- Maximum speed0-100 km/h acceleration:
Petrol engines: 179 to 212 km/h – 11.9 to 8.4 s.
Diesel engines: 192 to 216 km/h – 10.7 to 8.6 s. 

Combined fuel consumption – CO2 emissions:
Petrol engines: 4.8 to 5.2 l/100 km – 112 to 116 g/km
Diesel engines: 3.8 to 4.4 l/100 km – 99 to 117 g/km