Volkswagen Golf receives Autopacific 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

Aug 18, 2015

  • The Golf is ranked first among compact cars for the second consecutive year
  • AutoPacific® Award  is based on a survey of more than 66,000 new car buyers

Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced that the Golf was named AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA). The Golf ranks as the Best in Class in the compact car segment for the second year in a row and for the fourth time in the past six years.

“This award is further proof of the Golf’s all-around excellence,” said Mark McNabb, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Golf has been performing very well for us and we are really happy that new car buyers surveyed by AutoPacific agreed with the automotive writers who have given the Golf so many great awards since its introduction in 2014 as a 2015 model.”

The IVA award is based on a survey of more than 66,000 new car owners in the United States. It recognizes vehicles that match consumer expectations and requirements across 15 categories, including ride and handling, driver’s seat comfort, interior storage, safety features, interior lighting, power and acceleration, and technology. The Golf scored highest among the 13 compact cars ranked by AutoPacific respondents.

For the 2016 model year, the Golf family gains a suite of new connectivity features that includes USB and available App-Connect technology, as well as a number of newly available driver assistance systems. The 2016 Golf and Golf GTI 4-door models, when equipped with the available Front Assist system, have been awarded a 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA), an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers.


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