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has yet to be re­leased in Australia, WCOTY and Cars­guide Car of the Year have re­flected each other— the Polo and Golf also win­ning our award. Cars­guide, and Australia, is rep­re­sented on the 64-mem­ber, 25-na­tion jury by chief re­porter Paul Gover.

The Up was cho­sen from an ini­tial en­try list of 34 new ve­hi­cles; this was short-listed to 10 and then whit­tled down to three fi­nal­ists: the Up, BMW’S 3 Se­ries and the Porsche 911.

Each ju­ror was ap­pointed by the World Car Steer­ing Com­mit­tee on the ba­sis of his or her ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence, cred­i­bil­ity and in­flu­ence. Each ju­ror typ­i­cally drives and eval­u­ates new ve­hi­cles on a reg­u­lar ba­sis as part of their pro­fes­sional work. Through their re­spec­tive out­lets they col­lec­tively reach a global au­di­ence of many mil­lions.

Ju­rors ob­served: ‘‘ The lit­tle Volk­swa­gen Up has al­tered what we have come to ex­pect from the city-car seg­ment. Of note are the re­spon­sive steer­ing, so­phis­ti­cated sus­pen­sion set-up, new ef­fi­cient en­gines and the qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als and fin­ish. Never be­fore in this econ­omy seg­ment have own­ers felt so pre­mium.

‘‘ Look for ev­ery builder of city cars to up its game just to com­pete with the new VW.’’

The Up is ex­pected to reach Australia by year’s end. A start­ing price of $15,000 has been touted.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the over­all World Car award, the can­di­dates must be­come avail­able for sale on at least two con­ti­nents be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2011, and May 30 this year.

Vwchair­man Martin Win­terkorn says: ‘‘ This award shows once again that in the Up our de­sign­ers and engineers have cre­ated a ve­hi­cle that has been thought through in minute de­tail. A ve­hi­cle that sets stan­dards in its class for ef­fi­cient use of space, safety, mo­tor­ing fun and en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pat­i­bil­ity.’’

The World Per­for­mance Car tro­phy went to the Porsche 911, while the Mercedes-benz S250 CDI Blueef­fi­ciency picked up the World Green Car award. The World Car De­sign of the year went to the Range Rover Evoque.

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