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Volkswagen Golf GTI named Car of the Year 2013 – Latest – New Straits Times

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Volkswagen Golf GTI named Car of the Year 2013

By Bilqis Bahari | news@nst.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Car of the Year 2013 award was grabbed by the Volkswagen Golf GTI at the New Straits Times-Maybank Car of the Year (COTY) 2013 Awards tonight.

The iconic car also took home the ‘Performance Car of the Year’ award, having garnered the most votes from the COTY judges panel for its unrivalled versatility, dynamic handling, refinement and ride quality.

Besides the Golf GTI’s double win, Volkswagen Malaysia also swept the Premium Family Car of the Year award for its Volkswagen Golf MK VII and the Premium SUV of the Year award for the Volkswagen Touareg TDI signalling that diesel power is becoming more recognised for its torque capability.

The COTY 2013 Award is the country’s first motoring award, which was launched in 2002 by Cars, Bikes Trucks, the motoring section of the New Sunday Times, as a platform of acknowledge achievements within the motoring industry. The event was endorsed by the Malaysian Automotive Association.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed was present at the event along with the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan and Malayan Bank Bhd (Maybank) head community financial services Malaysia, Hamirullah Boorhan.

The ‘Automotive Man of the Year’ award was given to Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd managing director, Datuk Ben Yeoh for his achievements in renewing the Mazda brand in Malaysia.

Bermaz Motor is a unit of Berjaya Corporation and the exclusive distributor of Mazda cars in the country.

Mazda Motors, one of the fastest growing names in Malaysia has invested in production lines in Inokom in Kulim, Kedah.

Bermaz Motor currently offers a mix of CBU and CKD (completely-build-unit and completely-knocked-down) Mazda models.

The models range from Mazda 2, 3 and 6, the Mazda 5 MPV while SUV users get a choice of Mazda CX-5, CX-7 and CX-9. Its sports variants include the MX-5 and the RX-8.

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Meanwhile, Honda Malaysia bagged double category wins in COTY 2013 award with the locally assembled and competitively priced Honda Jazz (CKD) winning the hotly contested Compact Car of the Year award and the Honda Accord 2.4L clinching the Executive Car of the Year award.

Proton Holdings Bhd also won two categories with its top selling sedan, Proton Saga SV bagged the Entry Level Compact Car of the Year award. Its Proton Suprima S also won the ‘2013 People’s Choice’ award.

Some of the other awards include ‘Premium Performance Car of the Year’ award which was bagged by Porshe Cayman S. The Lexus IS 250 F Sport took the honours in the Premium Executive Car of the Year (below RM500,000) category while the Jaguar XJ 2.0 swept the Premium Executive Car (above RM500,000) category.

The Premium Compact Car of the Year was awarded to Mercedes Benz  A250 while Hyundai Veloster was voted as the Entry Level Coupe of the Year.

Meanwhile Kia Serato won the Family Car of the Year. In the pick-up truck category, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5 Auto topped the list while the MPV of the Year award went to Ssangyong Stavic.

The winners were selected from 65 new or extensively facelifted models that were introduced to the local market between October 2012 and October 2013, and divided into 15 categories.

Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (centre) presents the award to Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director, Dr. Zeno Kerschbaumer (second from left) as New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan(second from right), Malayan Bank Bhd (Maybank) head community financial services Malaysia, Hamirullah Boorhan (left) and NST Cars, Bikes Trucks editor Yamin Vong look on at the NST/Maybank Car Of The Year 2013 Award ceremony at Hotel Saujana Subang. — NSTP/Khairull Azry Bidin.

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