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Golf takes European COTY honours

0403 Volkswagen Golf Wins ECOTY

Volkswagen’s new Golf 7 claimed victory in the European Car of the Year competition by a massive margin, winning over The Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ by 414 votes to 202. This win is the second the Golf has taken, with the Golf 3 winning the award back in 1992.

Behind the 86 and the BRZ, the Volvo V40 came third, outperforming the Ford B-Max in fourth and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in fifth. The Renault Clio ranked sixth, with the Peugeot 208 and the Hyundai i30 seventh and eighth respectively. It was only an eight car competition, with the 86 and the BRZ competing as one.

The Golf 7 will be eligible for the South African Car of the Year awards next year, as will the V40 and the Peugeot 208, as well as the A-Class after its imminent launch. The 86 and the i30 were finalists in the 2013 competition locally.

Ulrich Hackenberg, VW’s development boss, and Walter da Silva, the firm’s design chief, accepted the award. It was praised for its “achievements in safety, fuel efficiency, dynamics and comfort”. With two wins in the bag for VW’s Golf, it has now matched the Renault Clio, the only other car to have claimed top honours twice.

The votes were as follows:

Volkgswagen Golf: 414
Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ: 202
Volvo V40: 189
Ford B-Max: 148
Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 138
Renault Clio: 128
Peugeot 208: 120
Hyundai i30: 111

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