VOLKSWAGEN TRIUMPHS WITH NEW GOLF
Volkswagen has won the top prize at The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Awards, with the sixth-generation Golf, which went on sale in January this year, claiming the £16,000-£20,000 price category as well as the prestigious title of Caravan Club Towcar of the Year 2010.
The winning model, the Golf SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS, particularly impressed the 10 judges with strong performances when towing in a variety of situations, practicality as a caravanning family car and high quality cabin.
The 28 cars tested in this year’s competition were put through their paces at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire for their towing ability, acceleration, braking, ability to cope with demanding hill starts and an assessment of usability in terms of everyday caravanning.
Explaining the judges’ decision to award the Golf the top accolade, driving judge Barry Williams commented: ‘Absolutely faultless stability made the Golf steadfast on the test track and when the punchy engine had whisked its way to 60 mph it was still ready to accelerate, even in sixth gear. Agile handling enables the car to tackle the most demanding route. The Volkswagen Golf SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS is a truly capable towing vehicle and a worthy winner.’
Williams continued: ‘The Golf is now in its sixth generation and remains Europe’s best car. It’s not difficult to see why as soon as you sit inside. The Golf has always had a reputation for good build quality and attention to detail but, after 26 millions sales and over 34 years, the company has produced a car that is the quietest and safest yet.’
The awards were presented at a ceremony in London, and the trophy was collected by Chris Craft, Director of Volkswagen UK.
On receiving the trophy, Craft said: ‘We’re delighted to accept this award from The Caravan Club. Since launch, the Golf has received a number of accolades, but this one is particularly important. More than one million drivers in the UK use their cars for towing and the Golf is the best-selling Volkswagen here. It is therefore obvious that the Caravan Club’s expert judges have provided us with a fantastic commercial opportunity and we intend to make the most of it.’