2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Volkswagen Golf Declared 2013 World Car of the Year

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen has won the prestigious World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since 2009.  The Volkswagen Up! won in 2012, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and the Volkswagen Golf VI in 2009.

The Volkswagen Golf was chosen from an initial entry list of forty-two new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then four finalists:  the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen Golf. Continue reading