Volkswagen Up! Awarded 2012 World Car Of The Year

Malcolm Flynn | Apr 7, 2012

Volkswagen’s baby Up! city car has beaten some exotic favourites to be named the 2012 World Car of the Year.

Chosen by a panel of 66 journalists representing 25 countries, the Up! garnered a majority vote against the two other finalists; the new BMW 3 Series and Porsche's new 911.

The Up! scooped the win with the WCOTY award judges noting its responsive steering, sophisticated suspension, efficient engines and overall quality and finish.

Despite an overall length of just 3.54m, the panel judged the Up!'s cabin comfortable for four adults. Euro NCAP has also awarded the Up! an ‘Advanced Award’ for its city emergency braking system.

The WCOTY trophy is not the first award for the Up!, which has already collected the ‘iF design award in Gold’, ‘2011 Goldene Lenkrad’ (Golden Steering Wheel) in Germany.

Volkswagen last won the WCOTY gong with the Golf VI in 2009, and the Polo V in 2010. Halting VW's run at the dream trifecta in 2011 however was Nissan's electric Leaf hatch.


The Up! is expected to grace Australian showrooms by the end of the year.

With an expected entry price around $15,000, the Up! will take on the likes of the Suzuki Alto, Holden Barina Spark, and Nissan Micra.

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  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    3 years ago
    Shame it has the stupid robotic Manual gearbox "Automatic". I must say, i do like this car! Bring in the Skoda too! hehe
  • Roger says,
    3 years ago
    Oh for gods doesn't have to be about affordability and efficiency, get the the passion back....I want to see something innovative and exciting!
    • James says,
      3 years ago
      Yeh I'm with you on this,
      l also can not believe they can win so many
      awards when their reliabilty is so shocking not to mention high cost
      of servicing and parts.
      We bought a new 2009 COMFORTLINE mk6 heaps of problems including a blown engine.
      • rlm says,
        3 years ago
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        Here's a good news story I bought a Mk6 Golf 2 plus years ago, not one fault the best car I've ever had. I
        think VW is on a roll, UP got the award for raising the bar yet again. You have to feel sorry for VW's competitors just as they try to copy and mostly yet fail to match Golf Mk6, Golf Mk7 is 4 months from release. Roll on VW at least they have the guts to innovate and part of innovation is awards.
        • James says,
          3 years ago
          Sounds like you work for VW,
          lots of people I know and people from different blogs have had major issues, just google problems with VW Golf.
  • Iwan says,
    3 years ago
    Not wanting a "tinny" Asian "jelly mould" car, we acquired a Polo-derived Skoda Fabia 77TSI Monte Carlo - we've had absolutely no issues with it. Then again, I don't think that VW's Skoda division is Europe's fastest growing car brand by accident - they have a very solid reputation that is built on reliability and build quality etc. Oh, and I don't work for VWAG either.
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