World Car of the Year 2009 crown for Volkswagen Golf

It has been announced at the New York International Auto Show that the Volkswagen Golf has been voted as the 2009 World Car of the Year.

Overall, the Golf is one of the biggest selling vehicles of all time, having shifted 26 million units across 120 countries.

And now a 59-stong panel of automotive journalists from 25 countries has decided that the Golf was a worthy winner of the 2009 car accolade.

Stefan Jacoby, president and chief executive of Volkswagen of America, said: "We’re excited for the arrival of the sixth generation Golf, which will be in Volkswagen showrooms later this year.

"Simply put, we believe this is the best Golf ever."

Furthermore, the upcoming Golf has been designed to have a cleaner and more distinctive appearance, while being quieter and offering greater fuel efficiency to motorists.

According to Vauxhall, the Golf is "refined throughout", which can be witnessed by buyers right through from the "classy cabin" to the efficient new engines on offer.

Meanwhile, the vehicle is also the safest, most luxurious and technically advanced Golf ever built.

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