VW celebrates WhatCar success

Volkswagen has celebrated the fact that three of its models have won their categories in the WhatCar awards 2007.

The manufacturer noted that the long-running success of its Golf model shows no signs of slowing down as the vehicle won the best small family car award. Steve Fowler, group editor of WhatCar, described the Golf as a "classy contender".

In the best family car category, the Passat was named the winner for the second year in a row. A new performance diesel has recently been introduced to the Passat range – a two-litre TDI, 170 PS model.

Perhaps the most impressive achievement belonged to the Eos coupe cabriolet, as this was named the best open-top car – a difficult category – on its debut in the WhatCar awards.

Mr Fowler commented: "Volkswagen has watched what the other manufacturers have been up to in the coupe-cabrio sector, then it has gone out and built a car that betters the lot of them. The Eos is a cracking car to buy, and it’ll be a hoot to own."

Paul Willis, director of Volkswagen UK, added: "We are delighted and particularly proud that the Eos has won on its debut. For the Golf and Passat to have maintained their popularity with the judges to win their classes is also a tremendous achievement."

The Eos was designed to combine the benefits of a hard-top coupe and convertible, through the use of a folding mechanism and sliding glass sunroof.


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