The Volkswagen UP! has recently been named as the What Car? car of the year. The city car, which is expected to hit the UK market in March, also managed to secure the What Car? safety award thanks to the sophisticated emergency braking system.

What Car? the highly respected car magazine and website also have Volkswagen a further award as the Golf won the small family car of the year.

Launch of the UP!

The retail price of the car will start from £7,995. Already 700 orders have been taken from the start of October 2011.  For those who want a five door rather than two door launch model will have to wait until the summer.

Chris Hallet – Setting new standards

Chas Hallet, the What Car? Editor said that the Volkswagen UP! sets new standards for cars within it’s price bracket. He said “The Volkswagen up! is the best car we’ve seen this year because it combines refinement, quality, space and economy. It sets new standards for the £10,000 price bracket. It feels at home in town and copes admirably on the motorway – it is the right car for the time.”

German dominance

Of all the 16 categories listed by What Car?, 10 of them who were German car producers. Audi won three awards. The Audi A1 took the best supermini title, with the TT being named the best coupe and the TT Roadster taking the best open-top award. The BMW X3 won the best SUV award and the newly redesigned 3 Series won the best Executive Car. Mercedes-Benz were not far behind with the S-Class S350 CDI BlueTec winning the prestigious Best Luxury Car.

The exciting car of 2012 is..

The Jaguar C-X16 is officially the most highly anticipated car next year. Readers of the magazine voted it as the “Most Exciting Car” for 2012.

There seems to be a similar pattern with the Audi A1 winning the previous award. Again this is a small city car and is also German. Those who want to win should take note. Both are engineered with great quality and make the most out the limited space it has. Pricing is also an important factor, with both being listed very competitively are great value for money.