New Polo rated as car of the year

The new Polo was voted as the Car of the Year 2010 by a 59-member  international jury from 23 European countries.

The selection as Car of the Year is one of the oldest and most esteemed awards in Europe. The best of all new car introductions have been awarded annually since 1964.

The last time a Volkswagen won was in 1992: with the then new third generation Golf emerging the Car of thr Year over the Opel Astra and CitroŽn ZX.

The new Polo won with 347 points, outpacing the Toyota IQ.

Professor Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management, Volkswagen Group, says, ''The new Polo is a fresh, youthful and cosmopolitan car. The fifth generation Polo was designed for addressing customer expectations with uncompromising alignment."

Hakan Matson, president of the jury, said at the award ceremony in Madrid, ''It was the Polo's comprehensive safety equipment and its advanced range of engines that impressed us the most. On the Polo BlueMotion Volkswagen was also able to add a very fuel-efficient yet affordable car to its car programme.''