Volkswagen up! named “World Car of the Year”

Volkswagen’s baby up! model has just been awarded the prestigious “World Car of the Year” title.

The announcement was made at this year’s New York International Auto Show, where a panel of 66 motoring journalists from 25 countries voted it the overall winner – ahead of the new BMW 3 Series and Porsche’s 991.

“This award shows once again that in the up!, our designers and engineers have created a vehicle that has been thought through in minute detail. A vehicle that sets standards in its class for efficient use of space, safety, motoring fun and environmental compatibility,” said Volkswagen AG’s Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn.

Currently available with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in 60 hp (45 kW) or 75 hp (56 kW) guise, the eco up!, a natural gas-powered model and a sporty 81 kW (109 hp) GT variant are on the way.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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