2010 World Car Of The Year Winners: It’s A Volkswagen World

News I By Matt Davis I April 02, 2010

On April 1st at the New York International Auto Show, the sixth annual World Car Awards were handed out and the Volkswagen Group made out handsomely.

First to be given was the World Green Car award and the final three candidates were the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen’s range of BlueMotion cars. In a touch of a surprise—and perhaps a truer reflection of global preference, according to many present—the Volkswagen BlueMotion diesels brought home the victory with a point total of 203, with the Prius close on VW’s heels at 201. The Honda Insight earned just 151 points.

After Green came World Car Design 2010 and, as there was no VW family design that made the cut when the votes of the 59-member international jury were counted, the victory went to the first American car ever to win a WCA, the Chevrolet Camaro with 229 points. The Detroit muscle car was followed by the Citroën C3 Picasso at 205 points and Kia Soul with 197 points. Probably the most interesting trio of the day.

World Performance Car this year saw the Audi R8 V-10 get the nod with a whopping 173 points versus the distant second place Porsche 911 GT3 at 107 points, and the Ferrari California ranking third best with 88 points. (Remember: it’s sheer performance on the line here, not looks.) We were certifiably bummed that the Lotus Evora didn’t get on the final three for this.

Last but certainly not least, for the overall and all-powerful World Car Of The Year, the trio of finalists included the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Toyota Prius (also Japan’s car of the year 2010), and 2010 European Car Of The Year, the VW Polo. In another slight upset, the wee Polo conquers all with 761.1 points, beating out the Mercedes E-Class which got 747.1. The third place Prius rounded out the illustrious trio with a tally of 715.4 points.

Congratulations to all. Can’t wait till next year.

The Guide to Road Racing: Winding Road Magazine's ultimate guide to getting your start in racing.

Table of Contents

Related Articles

Ineos Automotive Begins Production Of Grenadier Quartermaster Double Cab Pick-Up

· First series production Quartermasters have started rolling off INEOS Automotive’s production line. · Unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, the double cab…

November 30, 2023
Spec MX-5 Shootout Finalists Ready to Showcase Their Skills

Mazda’s Spec MX-5 Shootout stands not only as a competition but as a pivotal platform for the development of young racing talent.

November 13, 2023
Ford Mustang GT/CS Teased

The Mustang GT/CS is poised to captivate the hearts of enthusiasts and add another chapter to the storied history of the Ford Mustang.

November 10, 2023
2024 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Showcases Enhanced Features

The 2024 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid continues to impress with its stylish design, powerful performance, and advanced safety features.

November 10, 2023
Revealed: Honda E-Bike

The Honda e-bike promises to bring innovation and expertise from its motorcycle business to the burgeoning electric bicycle sector.

November 10, 2023

EMAIL SIGN UP

Get the latest driving and racing news straight to your inbox.

no thanks

Begin typing your search above and press return to search.