The Volkswagen Up! is the 2012 World Car of the Year.
The Volkswagen Up! city car was awarded the title at the New York motor show, coming out ahead of 33 other contenders including the BMW 3-Series and Porsche 911.
The award is based on the votes of 66 top automotive journalists from 25 countries and recognises the year’s most outstanding vehicle across a range of criteria including performance, value, safety, environmental impact, significance, and emotional appeal.
In its eighth year, the World Car Awards also declared the Porsche 911 Performance Car of the Year, the Range Rover Evoque World Car Design of the Year and Mercedes-Benz S250 CDI Blue Efficiency World Green Car of the Year.
Volkswagen is no stranger to the awards with previous World Car of the Year winners including the Volkswagen Polo in 2010 and the Volkswagen Golf in 2009.