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VW Polo is 2010 World Car of the Year

I think I have what it takes to become a successful automotive journalist in the future. There were quite a few eyebrows raised when, as per my initial forecast, the Ford Fusion became the 2010 North American Car of the Year and the Volkswagen Polo won the 2010 European Car of the Year award. This time again, I have been spot-on in guessing the eventual winner of yet another important title. Personal kudos apart, coming to the big news, as predicted in my earlier post, the just-launched in India Volkswagen Polo has won the 2010 World Car of the Year award. 

The World Car of the Year award aims to combine the attributes of all the regional and individual publication's titles to crown the best car in the world that has been launched the previous year. The Volkswagen Polo took the top honors among the 3 finalists, which included the Mercedes-Benz E Class and the Toyota Prius. The award was announced in the New York International Auto Show that's taking place in New York currently. The other awards announced were as follows:
  • World Car of the Year - Volkswagen Polo (Mercedes-Benz E Class, Toyota Prius)
  • World Performance Car of the Year - Audi R8 V10 (Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari California)
  • World Design of the Year - Chevrolet Camaro (Kia Soul, Citroen C3 Picasso)
  • World Green Car of the Year - Volkswagen Blue Motion Cars (Toyota Prius, Honda Insight)
The cars mentioned in the braces were the ones that made it into the Top 3 Finalists in each of the above categories. Way to go Volkswagen!

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