The new eight-generation Volkswagen Passat has been named the European Car of the Year 2015 at a special ceremony part of this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
“We are extremely proud of this accolade,” explained Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, at the prize-giving ceremony in Geneva. “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.”
The jury, consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final.
Passat had a total score of 340 points, followed by the Citroën C4 Cactus (248 points), the Mercedes C-Class (221 points), the Ford Mondeo (203 points), the Nissan Qashqai (160 points), the BMW 2-series Active Tourer (154 points) and the Renault Twingo (124 points).
Two current Volkswagen models in production have already received the coveted award in the recent past, namely the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013.
The new Passat is priced from £22,215 and available again as an estate, saloon and even a high-riding all-wheel drive Alltrack.