The Volkswagen Group went home happiest at the recent 2010 World Car Awards. The main World Car of the Year gong went to the Volkswagen Polo, VW’s Bluemotion eco banner took home the World Green Car award and Audi’s R8 V10 was deemed the best performance car. The only award VAG didn’t win was the World Car Design of the Year, which went to the Chevrolet Camaro.

59 automotive journalists from 25 countries around the globe played jury, and they chose VW’s B-segment supermini over 29 other nominees. Announced in the New York’s Jacob Javits Center, the annual WCOTY awards recognise the year’s most outstanding vehicles based on merit, value, safety, environmental impact, significance, and emotional appeal.


Meanwhile, VW’s BlueMotion brand consisting of the Golf, Passat and Polo, got the green car nod over finalists Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. “It is not necessary to add an electric motor and a heavy battery pack to achieve class-leading efficiency. Based on Volkswagen’s common rail diesel engines, the BlueMotion models are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market. In fact, the Passat BlueMotion can travel just about 1,000 miles on one tank of fuel in the European cycle. As far as internal combustion engines go today, these models are the ultimate you can get,” the jurors explained.

For the World Performance Car title, the Ferrari California and Porsche 911 GT3 were the front runners alongside eventual winner Audi R8 V10. Previous winners were the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.