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Today, March 28th, the VW Golf was chosen by the international auto journalists as the World Car of the Year.

VW’s Golf, which is the company’s best-selling car in the world, surpassed Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class, the combined entry Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86 and the Porsche Boxster/Cayman being selected as the World Car of the Year. This is the second straight year when VW is the winner, in 2012 the VW UP! small car being offered this title.

The Golf, which accounts for about one-third of the German automaker’s sales in Europe, also won the European Car of the Year award. The seventh-generation Golf, which is about 15% more fuel efficient than the current model, will go on sale in the US market in 2014 as a 2015 model. The VW Golf has been a best-selling model since 1974, when the automaker launched it in the European market.

“It’s very much the core of the Volkswagen brand around the world,” said VW’s U.S. chief Jonathan Browning, and it will remain a “fun to drive hatchback.” “We’re not going to rest. We’re going to keep bringing more to the table,” he added.