Volkswagen has once again won the coveted European Car of the Year 2015 title for the new-generation Passat sedan. This award comes two years after the Golf was adjudged recipient of the same honour in 2013.
The Passat ranked first amongst seven shortlisted contenders for the award, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Citroen C4 Cactus, garnering a winning total of 340 points from a 58-member jury from 22 European nations.
Other contenders that made the shortlist were the Ford Mondeo, Renault Twingo, and Nissan Qashqai. While some expert opinions criticise the jury's choice, as they ignored the BMW i3 and the all-electric Tesla supercar, Volkswagen will no doubt soak in the victory of the prestigious honour.
"We are extremely proud of this accolade," said Volkswagen 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."