VW has done it again winning the coveted European Car of the Year award for 2015 with the new generation Passat, two years after it received the same accolade with the Golf in 2013.
The German firm’s mid-size sedan –not to be confused with the unrelated, and at times, unloved, VW Passat sold in North America, came up first in a shortlist of seven finalists gathering 340 points from a jury consisting of 58 members from 22 European countries.
The runner up for this year’s award was the Citroën C4 Cactus with 248 points, followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with 221 points, the Ford Mondeo with 203, the Nissan Qashqai with 160, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with 154 and the Renault Twingo with 124.
“We are extremely proud of this accolade,” commented VW CEO Martin Winterkorn. “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.”
Car Of The Year 2015
1. VW Passat – 340 points
2. Citroën C4 Cactus – 248 points
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 221 points
4. Ford Mondeo – 203 points
5. Nissan Qashqai – 160 points
6. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – 154 points
7. Renault Twingo – 124 points