Best in Class 2012 Premium Compact Car: Volkswagen GTi
2012 Volkswagen GTi Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award
Owners of the Volkswagen GTi give the car top satisfaction marks in its class. GTi owners gave the GTi top satisfaction ratings for 29 of the 48 attributes contributing to AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award research, including: Exterior Size, Seating Capacity, Rear Seat Comfort, Flexible Seating, Cargo Space (GTi is a hatchback), Ease of Loading Cargo, Image, Vehicle’s Reputation, Interior Styling, Feel of Interior Fabrics and Materials, Power and Acceleration, Braking, Handling, Fun to Drive, Reliable/Dependable, Ride, Controls Easy to Understand, Controls Have Quality Feel, Instrument Layout, Cupholder Design and Size, Tire Brand, Size and Appearance, Wheel Size and Style, Infotainment Technology, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Features, Safety Rating, Overall Quality, Price, and Collision Avoidance Technology. With a possible high of 5.0 rating points on each of the 48 characteristics, GTi owners rate the car at 4.6 rating points or higher on: Exterior Size, Seating Capacity, Image, Vehicle’s Reputation, Interior Styling, Power and Acceleration, Braking, Handling, Fun to Drive (4.95 – almost perfect), Reliable Dependable, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety features, Safety Ratings, Overall Quality. The lowest ratings are for Environmental Friendliness, Recyclability and Interior Storage. Clearly owners perceive the GTi to be a very safe car with great dynamics at a reasonable price.
Retaking its claim as top Premium Compact Car, the Volkswagen GTI, a 2008 VSA winner, is once again top rated by owners in satisfaction.
The GTI came out tops in this segment over some strong competition, including the MINI Cooper and Volvo C30. As might be expected, the GTI scored an impressive 4.9 out of a possible 5.0 with respect to being fun to drive. Looking for a compact car that’s quiet, comfortable and innovative? The GTI rated highest with consumers in driver’s seat comfort, interior quietness and innovative technology. Other strong attributes include ride, handling, interior styling and ease of getting in and out.
For a complete list of winners and description of the Awards, click here.
Primedia’s AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE
, not to be left behind in the automotive awards category by its Motor Trend stablemate (you remember, Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year), has announced its winners of Automobile of the Year, Design of the Year, Technology of the Year and Man of the Year Awards. Automobile calls itself “America’s leading automotive lifestyle publicaion.” Sounds very similar to Motor Trend’s claim. Oh, well lets see who won what (note that these are “Editors’ Awards with no consumer input) and register the VehicleVoice
2007 Automobile of the Year: Volkswagen GTI –
seems like there would have been other more worthy selections. The GTi is a fine car; fun to drive, attractive, easy to live with. How about some other candidates? I’d definitely consider the Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan or Lincoln MKX crossover SUV. I’d have the Ford Edge on the list. Hmmmmm. Maybe they really mean “automobile” and trucks, SUVs and crossover SUVs don’t count. So, lets limit it to cars. So, we’ll leave in the MKZ. Howabout the Infiniti G35 sedan? The all new Nissan Altima. Why didn’t they agree with Motor Trend on the Toyota Camry as Car of the Year? Well, the list can go on forever. GTi is nice, but certainly ain’t the only game in town.
2007 Design of the Year: Aston Martin V8 Vantage –
AUTOMOBILE is right on selecting the V8 Vantage. Absolutely drop dead gorgeous, the V8 Vantage takes Aston’s iconic shape to the next level and puts it in a more “affordable” package.
Roger Penske (Left) with DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche (Right) and smart cars
2007 Man of the Year: Roger Penske –
Can’t really argue with Penske’s selection, but we’d include in their rationale his intention to import the smart from Europe. Penske has accomplished a tremendous amount in his career – racer, race team owner, owner of truck rental agency, owner of Detroit Diesel, owner of tremendously successful chain of automobile dealerships, etc. The smart may be his next great accomplishment.
2007 Technology of the Year: Electronic Stability Control -
Automobile’s Press Release for these Awards can be found below the fold.