VW Golf named Europe's Car of the Year for 2013
Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Board of Management and development chief of the Volkswagen brand, poses with the winner's trophy in front of the Volkswagen Golf model after it was elected 'Car of the Year 2013' ahead of the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
Published Monday, March 4, 2013 1:21PM EST
GENEVA -- The Volkswagen Golf has been named Europe's Car of the Year by automotive journalists from more than 20 countries.
Introduced in 1974 and recently redesigned, the hatchback is the company's mass-market flagship -- and a key element in its ambition to overtake Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker.
The car left the competition in the dust Monday on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, grabbing 414 votes. The Subaru BRZ, also sold as the Toyota GT-86, was second with 202 votes and the Volvo V40 third with 189 votes.
The award is one of the most important in Europe and gives consumers an idea of what the experts think the car of the future is. But it's old news for the Golf, which has already won it in 1992.