Volkswagen has got another feather in its cap when the C-segment Euro hatch gave the “Car of the Year” Japan award to Volkswagen Golf. Gathering 504 votes from 60 jurors, the car is the first ever non Japanese car to win this award. It has happened for the first time in 34 years that a non Japanese car has beaten the local one.
Shigeru Shoji, the president of Volkswagen Japan, considers this award a very special one as it has come in the 60th year since the brand imports started into Japan. The jury explains that the core strength of the car is the new Modular Transverse matrix (MQB). This enables precise handling of the car. The augmented levels of driving pleasure and riding comforts make it the most sought after car.
While the Honda Fit/Jazz came second with 373 votes, the 3rd position was bagged by Volvo V40 getting 167 votes. The Volkswagen Golf was launched on 25th June in Japan and the three versions available are Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. In the past 5 months, 13000 orders have been placed. The car has already won European Car of the year and World car of the year but this Car of the year award is really special.