“Made in Mexico” Vehicle wins Car of the Year at 2015 International Auto Show in Detroit


The new “Golf” from the German manufacturer Volkswagen, which began production in Puebla, Mexico in early 2014, was awarded the Car of the Year by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Volkswagen’s Golf snagged the North American Car of the Year on Monday, January 12th; arguably the most prestigious award among the many in the auto world, in what was perceived as a surprise win over Ford’s completely redone Mustang.

VW Golf triumphant as "Car of the Year" beating the Ford Mustang and the Hyundai Genesis. (Jonathan Ruiz / El Financiero)
VW Golf triumphant as “Car of the Year” beating the Ford Mustang and the Hyundai Genesis. (Jonathan Ruiz / El Financiero)

The Golf had already won a number of honors this year, but Ford had made quite a splash with the improvements that it made in the Mustang. Even VW officials were caught by surprise.

The finalists for the 2015 Car of the Year award were VW Golf, Ford Mustang, and Hyundai Genesis. The vehicles were judged on Six Car of the Year criteria:

  1. Design
  2. Handling
  3. Innovation
  4. Driver satisfaction
  5. Comfort
  6. Value for money

Individually judging, the Golf won the majority of the votes from 57 jurors.


Before coming to North American markets, the new Golf was already sold in overseas markets a year and a half ago. The automaker is also building a production plant in Mexico to supply Golf line vehicles in North America, instead of shipping over the German-made vehicles.

During 2014 59,180 Volkswagen Golf cars were manufactured in Mexico, of which 55,000 were exported mainly to the United States and Canada.