This morning at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2015 North American Car of the Year.
Now in its 22nd year, the highly-prestigious North American Car of the Year (NACOTY) title is unique since it’s awarded by a panel of journalists, rather than a single publication. The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year that represent the benchmarks in their respective segments based on factors such as innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar.
In the final running for the 2015 NACOTY were the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang and second-generation Hyundai Genesis. The seventh-generation Golf family, which rides on VW’s new, highly flexible, and extremely versatile MQB platform, won with a staggering 256 points to the Mustang’s 204 and Genesis’ 100. Throughout the 22 years of the award, domestic automobiles have won 12 times, while imported vehicles have won 10 times. The win by the 2015 Golf family marks the fifth time that a European automaker has taken home the honor.
The 2015 NACOTY title is among a plethora of other decorations for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf family, including Autoweek’s ‘Best Of The Best/Car’ award and Yahoo Autos Car Of The Year title for the Golf GTI, as well as 10Best listing from Car and Driver and the Car of the Year award from Motor Trend.
The North American Car of the Year award has a counterpart in the North American Truck of the Year prize. That honor was presented to Ford’s all-new 2015 F-150 pickup truck.