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World Car of the Year: The Winners Are…

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World Green Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

A jury of 66 experts announced the World Car of the Year winners for 2013 at the New York International Auto Show this week. Volkswagen’s Golf took the overall prize as WCOTY. The green category was won by Tesla Motors’ Model S electric sedan, while the performance trophy went to the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, and World Car Design of the Year honors were picked up by the ultra chic Jaguar F-Type. In a rare double play of sorts, the Golf has now captured two of the biggest international car prizes, winning here in New York for World Car of the Year, and only weeks ago snagging the coveted European Car of the Year trophy. For Tesla Motors, the victory as World Green Car of the Year is a sweet addition to a rafter of prestigious awards of every variety.

World Car of the Year: Video

See the clip above for a scintillating two minutes of coverage from the New York Auto Show’s unveiling of the VW Golf. The new, super fuel-efficient Golf is the seventh generation for the model. It is not only larger and roomier, but boasts much better mileage and is the lightest in the series. Nearly every major carmaker at this year’s NY event offers hybrid, electric, or ultra fuel-efficient models. While some purists do not consider high-mileage cars like the Golf to be “green,” the definition is certainly open to interpretation.

World Car of the Year

An obviously elated Walter da Silva, VW’s global design director, noted the high level of competition for the WCOTY award and pointed out the difficulty in creating a car like the Golf, which is able to rise above some of the best efforts by extremely talented designers and engineers the world over.

For more information about Tesla Motors, Volkswagen, and Jaguar, see the official corporate websites, below. Each of the companies came away from the World Car of the Year Awards with a major win.

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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