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 Post subject: Passat named Car of the Year for 2015
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:39 pm 

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The Volkswagen Passat was awarded Europe's Car of the Year Award for 2015 on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show.

(the Golf was named North American Car of the Year a little while ago as well)

One of the oldest and most well-known awards in Europe, “Car of the Year” has been honouring the best new releases in the car industry every year since 1964. The jury, consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final. In the preceding months, these candidates had undergone detailed testing, comparisons and evaluations based on criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress. In the 52nd edition of the traditional competition, the new Passat clearly triumphed over its six rivals in the final with a total score of 340 points.

Volkswagen presented the award in front of the Passat GTE even though it isn't available yet, probably to intentionally promote the plug-in hybrid version.

CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschraft, Professor Martin Winterkorn, said this: "We are extremely proud of this accolade. 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 honour 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."

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