As we say hello to the new 15 plate, there will be many of you tempted to give your current car the boot for a younger model. But what’s ticking all the right boxes in 2015? Step forward the Car of the Year…as why do things by halves? And which vehicle has it been awarded to? The Volkswagen Passat.
Considered the most prestigious award in the automotive industry, the Car of the Year awards are judged by 58 motoring journalists across Europe in a Eurovision Song Contest-style presentation on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Despite a mixed bag of finalists in the running to be crowned Car of the Year 2015 – including the Mercedes C Class, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroen C4 Cactus, Renault Twingo, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Mondeo – the Volkswagen Passat had a clear win over the other six finalists.
Well let’s not be modest about it unlike the president of the committee Hakan Matson, who claimed this year proved one of the hardest verdicts to reach – the Passat in fact smashed the competition by almost 100 points making it one of the biggest wins ever seen in the awards 50 year history!
The British judges weren’t in complete agreement with the result, voting the Passat as our third favourite vehicle, second place to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and naming the Citroen C4 Cactus as the UK’s favourite car of 2015. But then again, we’re just one vote in a poll of 57.
The Passat marks Volkswagens third Car of the Year win, now claiming the title on all of their core models: the Polo won in 2010 and the Golf in 2013.
As for second and third place, these went to the Citroen C4 Cactus and the Mercedes C-Class consecutively.