The Volkswagen Up! has been declared winner of the 2012 World Car of the Year award. The announcement was made at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
The award is voted for by an international panel of 64 motoring journalists from 25 countries. From a full-list of 34 entrants, the Up! was proclaimed the winner ahead of a final shortlist that also included the latest Porsche 911 and BMW 3 Series.
It is the third time that Volkswagen has won the award.
At the same time, the Porsche 911 has been named the 2012 World Performance Car of the Year, the Range Rover Evoque crowned 2012 World Car Design of the Year, and the Mercedes S250 CDI BlueEfficiency the 2012 World Green Car of the Year.