The new Volkswagen Polo has been voted the European Car of the Year 2010, narrowly beating the Toyota iQ and pushing the new Vauxhall Astra into third place.
Securing a total of 347 points, the beat the 337 score by just ten points. The (Opel Astra on the Continent) placed well behind in third with 221 points. A slight disappointment, perhaps, given the company was hoping to repeat the success if had with the , European Car of the Year 2009.
Polo top of the polls
The European Car of the Year is decided by a panel of 59 ‘senior motoring journalists’ from 23 European countries – including six journalists from the UK. It aims to chose the most outstanding car to go on sale during the past 12 months. This year the Polo was placed first by 25 of the jurors, the iQ by 20, with the Volkswagen’s victory apparently only being confirmed once the final vote was counted.
According to Professor Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Group:
‘The new Polo stands for German engineering craftsmanship and superior cutting edge technology. The fifth generation Polo was designed to address customer expectations with even greater uncompromising standards. That is why we are naturally very pleased to see our efforts validated in the form of this award.’
Volkswagen has described the news as ‘the crowning achievement for an extraordinary year for the new Polo.’ This latest version, which only went on UK sale in October, has already secured 130,000 orders worldwide.
The new Polo is currently not a Which? Best Buy supermini, as it’s too soon to say how it will fare with owners or for reliability. However, we have been impressed with it so far.
Car of the Year finalists
The full line up of 2010 European Car of the Year finalists, and their points scores, is as follows:
Volkswagen Polo: 347
Toyota iQ: 337
Vauxhall/Opel Astra: 221
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