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VW Passat Wins Car of the Year 2015 in Geneva

The Geneva Auto Show was all about the fast and furious machines. Shiny supercars, hatches and GTs dominated the European expo. Despite the glitter in a show that saw many unexpected launches and announcements from the automakers, it was a relatively modest car that stole the show.

Volkswagen’s popular Passat outshined its competitors, winning the prestigious European Car of the Year award for 2015. The Passat, a mid-sized sedan from the house of the German car maker, VW, was the crowning glory at the show. The win is massive if compared with the other contenders, some of which definitely seemed stronger, like the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mercedes C class.

Industry insiders tout the Passat as a commendable winner thanks to the updated features like a collision avoidance system, emergency assistance for the driver, cross wind stabilization and other strong points like design, quality, interior space, safety concerns and of course the cost.

Getting 340 points from a 58-member jury is a fate that Passat accomplished without a doubt.

Citroen C4 Cactus bagged the second place with a total of 248 points, while the Mercedes Benz C-class came third with 221 points, followed by Ford Mondeo (203 points), Nissan Qashqai (160 points), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (154 points) and the Renault Twingo at 124 points.

The Car of the Year nominations are made on the basis of factors like expected number of selling units and offer a value for money to the customer. Technical advancement is also a plus and the most important decisive factor is choosing a car that most buyers can opt for. There is no backing the fact that Passat passes all these qualifications with distinction.
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn thanked the jury and said, “In the new Passat we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality. This honor is a tremendous confirmation for the work of our engineers, designers and the entire team. The new Passat shows that the Volkswagen brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time.”

This win adds another feather to the cap of VW that had bagged the trophy for the Car of the Year award for its smaller car Golf in 2013. Winning the coveted award will also benefit Volkswagen car sales.

But if industry watchers are to be believed then the real award would be better growth rates in coming months as the German automaker has many new vehicles on the anvil. One car at a time seems to be a good strategy for the company that is definitely working on making its vehicles cost-effective for the buyers. A good move!

Posted by: Farra Majid on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 4:10 pm in NEWS