HERNDON, Va., December 15, 2010 " Far from resting on its laurels after being named the 2010 "World Car of the Year," the Volkswagen Golf continues to garner accolades from a variety of industry groups. The Golf has recently been named Urban Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year. The Golf TDI rounds out the accolades with two awards, the Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle Residual Award from Automotive Lease Guide and the distinction of winning the 2011 Best Resale Value Award for the Hybrid/Alternative Energy Vehicle category by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
2011 Best Resale Value: Hybrid/Alternative Energy Vehicle (Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com)
The Best Resale Value Awards, which recognize current and forthcoming vehicles for their projected retained value five years from now, are designed to help consumers make more informed car-buying decisions. With winners determined by Kelley Blue Book's expert staff of automotive analysts, these prestigious awards honor vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership.
"Consumers should take a good look at the projected resale value of a car when choosing their next new-vehicle purchase, and they would be wise to carefully consider the 2011 Best Resale Value Award winning vehicles and brands on this year's list," said James Bell, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle Residual Award (Automotive Lease Guide)
The ALG Residual Value Awards recognize the vehicle in each industry segment that is predicted to retain the highest percentage of original price after a conventional three-year period. Awards are made in 19 vehicle categories and also for the two brands with the highest overall predicted residual values among all mainstream and all luxury vehicles. Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends.
"The Golf TDI packs fuel efficiency and fun into the fit and finish for which Volkswagen is known," said Raj Sundaram, SVP, Automotive Lease Guide. "A proven reputation for durability and minimal incentives keep residuals high and earn it the top spot in the hybrid/alternative powertrain category."
Urban Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year (ALV Awards)
Whether transporting bicycles, kayaks, skis, or other athletic gear over varying terrain, athletes need vehicles that accommodate their lifestyle. To help those people identify the cars, trucks, utility vehicles and crossovers that are as fit as themselves, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards provide a unique perspective. Judging of this year's entrants " more than 50 vehicles in seven categories " was equally weighted between a panel of automotive journalists and a group of athletes.
" We started the ALV awards in 2004 as a way to encourage automakers to live up to their promise of building cars for people who live truly active lives," said Nina Russin, journalist, marathon runner and co-founder of the ALV. "This year's entrants, more than 50 vehicles in seven categories were the strongest yet."
Prospects for the Golf in the New Year look just as bright. The 2011 model updated its technology offerings to stay ahead of the competitors. All Volkswagen Golf models now come with the option of voice controlled Bluetooth® technology. Additionally, the standard audio system on the new Golf is the RCD 310 stereo system, featuring a single disc CD player and radio.
The Volkswagen Golf will be available in both two and four-door models, carrying the Volkswagen brand heritage into overdrive with proven, German-engineered performance and refinement at affordable starting prices. The Golf starts at $17,965 for the two-door model with manual transmission, and $19,685 for the four-door automatic version. Several options are available to make the 2011 Golf a perfect choice for those consumers who demand a compact car that is equipped to not only be functional when called upon, but also looks, drives, and feels fun at the same time.