2015 North American Car of the Year named at NAIAS

(From left) Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, and Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neuser stand with the Volkswagen Golf, named the North American Car Of The Year at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 12, 2015.

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A group of automotive journalists has selected the 2015 Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI as the 2015 North American Car of the Year.

The award was announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. According to a release from Volkswagen of America, some 57 journalists from newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines and websites “weighed in to select the vehicle that most exceeded expectations in all areas, ranging from design and safety to innovation and economy. Three finalists are winnowed down from an expansive list of all-new or significantly redesigned cars introduced in the past year. All ballots are sent directly to and calculated by Deloitte & Touche.”

The Golf and Golf GTI “were recognized for setting new benchmarks in their segments, including innovation, distinguished design, and available driver assistance features, as well as unmatched value,” Volkswagen officials said.

 “Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title,” said Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This award highlights our achievements and hard work in the past year, and we are confident that the Golf family will continue to pave the way for the brand in the year ahead.”

The coveted 2015 North American Car of the Year award joins the list of a dozen accolades awarded to 2015 Golf models to date.

The German-engineered 2015 Golf family is currently available in four distinct versions: the Golf GTI, the Golf 1.8T, the Golf TDI Clean Diesel and the all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions e-Golf.