Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

VW Returns to Winning Ways

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

VW Returns to Winning Ways

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

Volkswagen is celebrating after three of its most popular models scooped three of the UK's most important awards, with the Fox, Golf and Passat all being winners.

The Golf took the coveted title of Best Small Family Car at the 2007 What Car? awards, while the Passat was declared Company Car of the Year at the Fleet News awards and the Fox was declared top dog by the Northern Group of Motoring Writers.

The Golf's accolade continues the remarkable success of the fifth generation model, which won the overall Car of the Year award shortly after its launch in 2004.

Judges singled out the new Golf Match for particular praise, declaring: "The Golf has always been a classy contender. This year it found the final piece of a winning jigsaw."

The Match replaced the SE model late last year to become the most popular Golf among private buyers. It delivers desirable equipment including an iPod link, colour-coded bumpers, a leather multifunction steering wheel and special 15in alloy wheels.

Yet despite these gains, the price fell by pounds 380 when compared with the outgoing SE model. Combined with the additional equipment, this translates to pounds 1,100 of extra value.

The Golf's accolade was one of a trio of awards secured at the ceremony by Volkswagen, which is the most achieved by any single manufacturer at the 2007 event.

The Best Family Car award went to the Passat for the second year in a row. The Passat recently gained a new performance diesel in the form of the two-litre TDI 170 PS model, producing 258lb/ft of torque.

In awarding the Passat the title, the judges said: "The Passat is in a league of its own and keeps the flag flying high for the conventional saloon. Its desirable image does more than just set the right tone in the company car park. It also helps keep residual values higher than many rivals, which is good to know if you're buying the car with your own money rather than your company's."

Rounding off the triple success for Volkswagen, the four-seater Eos coupe cabriolet scooped the Best Open-Top Car award on its debut.

It combines the virtues of both a hard top coupe and convertible through the use of a sophisticated folding mechanism complete with a sliding glass sunroof. …

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