The winner “Car of the Year” award 2015 is traditionally the first announcement made at the Geneva International Motor Show. The deciding vote was counted live in the presence of the international press representatives in Geneva this afternoon. 58 car journalists from 22 European countries submitted their votes and selected Volkswagen Passat as the winner of the “Car of the Year” award 2015. VW Passat beat six competitors in intense test drives and convinced the judging panel in the final selection for the world’s most renowned and sought after automotive award. The candidates that made it into the final selection included BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroën C4 Cactus, Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Twingo and Volkswagen Passat
Hakan Matson, chair of the judging panel and car expert at the Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri explained the judging panel’s reasons: “It is truly impressive that Volkswagen managed to win the title for the third time in six years. The Passat has many strong points, including its design, overall quality, safety, spacious interior, and several useful innovations such as the Trailer Assist. With all these features the model clearly deserves to be Car of the Year 2015.” In addition to innovation and safety, decisive criteria for the title “Car of the Year” include design and value for money.
Volkswagen Passat, 340 points
Citroën C4 Cactus, 248 points
Mercedes-Benz C Class, 221 points
Ford Mondeo, 203 points
Nissan Qashqai, 160 points
BMW 2 series Active Tourer, 154 points
Renault Twingo, 124 points
About “Car of the Year”:
Launched in 1964, the international “Car of the Year” award is considered the world’s most renowned and sought after automotive award. The judging panel currently comprises 58 journalists from 22 European countries. “Car of the Year“ was founded by European magazines from seven countries, namely France (L’Automobile), Germany (stern), Italy (Auto), the Netherlands (Autovisie), Spain (Autopista), Sweden (Vi Bilägare) and the UK (Autocar).