The Volkswagen Golf has recently been named the "Car of the Year 2013/14" in Japan, marking the first time an import vehicle has won the award. Topping off the news, the Golf set a record score for imports of 540 out of 600 points.
In fact, the German automaker so impressed the panel of 60 judges with the newest Golf that it attained a 131 point advantage over second place and 337 points ahead of third.
"We are delighted that the Golf is the first imported car to win the main prize in the 34-year history of Car of the Year Japan. This award is dedicated to everyone who has supported Volkswagen in Japan over the past 60 years," said Shigeru Shoji, Volkswagen Group President in Japan.
According to the official announcement, jury members were very impressed with the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), which forms the basis for the Golf’s ride and drive characteristics. Safety standards were also noted as well as the clean exterior design, interior fit and finish, and engine performance.
The winning ways of the new Volkswagen Golf also include the "Car of the Year 2013" (Europe), the "World Car of the Year 2013" and the "Golden Steering Wheel 2013." Well-received in Japan with a total of over 13,000 vehicles sold since launch on June 25 of this year, the new Volkswagen Golf is gaining attention and fans around the world, while winning accolades with relative ease.