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The Volkswagen Golf is crowned Scottish Car of the Year 2013

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GLASGOW – Oct 14, 2013: Volkswagen’s best-selling family hatchback, the Golf, has added a new title to its name after winning both the Family Car and, for the first time, the overall prize at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year awards. The award was presented recently at a ceremony held in Glasgow.

Commenting on the Golf’s performance, Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: ‘Success can often breed complacency but that’s certainly not the case on this occasion. In a world of uncertainty there’s something solid, familiar and reassuring about our Family Car of the Year yet at the same time this is a thoroughly modern machine. Its engines are among the most frugal in the segment, there’s a choice of body styles and, to both look at and sit in, it feels a nudge above the rest. Seven generations on and still going strong, take to the driving range in what we believe is every car you’ll ever need.’

The seventh-generation Golf has been named overall World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year, as well as taking numerous awards from a number of publications.

The latest Golf is lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of the best-seller, of which over 30 million have been sold since its introduction in 1974.

All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats, while standard technology includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, CD player, Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers. Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, among a host of other features.

The Scottish Car of the Year awards were established in 1998, and are judged by all 15 members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, who represent publications and websites from across the country.

The ASMW was founded in 1961 and continues to represent the vast majority of working motoring writers/broadcasters in Scotland. The membership includes staffers and freelancers covering radio stations, regional and national newspapers, websites and an array of specialist publications.