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VW Golf & GTI named car of the year

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Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, is shown with the 2015 VW Golf GTI (left) and the 2015 Golf. VoA photo Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, is shown with the 2015 VW Golf GTI (left) and the 2015 Golf. VoA photo

In nearly the same breath as Volkswagen unveiled the new CrossBlue Coupe GTE, the 2015 VW Golf and Golf GTI were named the 2015 North American Car of the Year at the

The cars beat out two other finalists; Ford's 6th generation Mustang and the Hyundai Genesis sedan, both competing for the award in the 22nd annual version of the prestigious award.

“Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title,” said Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This award highlights our achievements and hard work in the past year, and we are confident that the Golf family will continue to pave the way for the brand in the year ahead.”

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The 2015 Golf family is currently available in four versions: the Golf GTI, the Golf 1.8T, the Golf TDI® Clean Diesel and the all-electric e-Golf.

This is Volkswagen's second North American Car of the Year award, following in the tracks of VW's New Beetle in 1999. The Passat was a finalist in 2012; the Golf/TDI/GTI a finalist in 2010; and the Jetta TDI was a finalist in 2009.

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