2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: 2015 North American Car of the Year
January 12, 2015
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has been named the 2015 North American Car of the Year.
Michael Horn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America said, "Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title. This award highlights our achievements and hard work in the past year, and we are confident that the Golf family will continue to pave the way for the brand in the year ahead."
Fifty-seven automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and Web sites, voted in this year's ballot, including Edmunds.com's VP of Editorial Scott Oldham, Deputy Editor Erin Riches-Wong, and News Correspondent Anita Leinert.
The Golf beat out two other finalists for this year's award, the Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis. The jurors voted for the vehicles based on innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
According to Erin, "Volkswagen's family of hatchbacks represents one of the best values available for less than $30,000. The GTI, in particular, is a steal, because you're basically getting a luxury car — with equal parts performance, comfort and utility — for the price of a family car. We should all run out and buy one before VW rethinks its bargain pricing strategy on this car."
The 2015 Ford F-150 won truck of the year, beating out the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC. Look for the F-150 to join our long-term fleet in the coming weeks.
Which car and truck would have gotten your vote?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor