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Third win for Touareg and triumph for new Golf GTI at Australia's Best Car Awards

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SYDNEY – Nov 19, 2013: It’s been another successful year for Volkswagen at the Australia’s Best Car Awards. Earlier today the recently launched Golf GTI took out the ‘Best Sports Car under $50,000’ category while the Touareg was once again named ‘Best Luxury SUV’.

Volkswagen Group Australia’s Managing Director, John White, was delighted to receive these two accolades: “With the Golf GTI topping the sports car category and the Touareg winning the luxury SUV segment, it really does go to show the wide range of exceptional vehicles Volkswagen has on offer today”.

“The Golf GTI continues to lead in the segment it created, proving the model is the right blend of thrills, driveability and practicality” comments Mr White.

The judges agree, praising the GTI for its fuel efficiency, performance, build quality and style.

According to the judges “on the open road, the engine delivers its best in effortless fashion, powering the hatch along at highway speeds without ever raising a sweat. Around town at city speeds, the Golf is equally at home”.

Volkswagen’s largest SUV, the Touareg, emerges as Best Luxury SUV against some expensive competition.

“The Touareg is the right blend of quality, value and class-leading style. It’s an exceptionally capable vehicle which will carry you in comfort and style on and off the road” said Mr White.

The judges once again lauded the Touareg V6 TDI for its third win. “While there’s no shortage of Luxury SUVs taking the fight to the Touareg in this class, few deliver as solidly across all Australia’s Best Cars scoring lines as the big Volkswagen. Touareg V6 TDI is a bona fide all-rounder both on road and off, it can tow a heavy load, and do it all in comfort” said the judging panel.

‘Australia’s Best Car Awards’, now in its thirteenth year, places the country’s most popular vehicles through rigorous testing and analysis to determine the best vehicles on offer for consumers. It is the nation’s most comprehensive and independent customer-focused vehicle testing and awards program.