Car of the Year award ‘good news’ for Numsa

2010-04-02 15:31

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday

described as “good news” that the locally manufactured Volkswagen Polo won the

2010 World Car of the Year award in New York.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said: “We have always maintained

that South Africa has serious work force capacity that is able to produce

competitive products that are able to compete on a global scale.”

Jim said the union would like to see the motor vehicle industry

pushing for more car manufacturing and industries in the country.

The Polo, launched in South Africa in January this year, was

declared 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show on

Thursday. The jurors voted the car based on merit, value, safety, environment,

significance and emotional appeal.

The light motor vehicle was chosen for the award from finalists

which included the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Prius.

Volkswagen board chairperson Martin Winterkorn said: “We’re

honoured that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of

jurors as the 2010 World Car of The Year.”

The winner is chosen by 59 jurors from 25 countries and there were

30 entries for this year’s competition.

Winterkorn added: “After the great triumph of the Golf last year,

we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo.

These automobiles

have reaped numerous awards, winning well-nigh every prize the automotive

industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is

offering arguably the best range of products in its history.”

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Golf in

2009, the Mazda2/Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series

in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.


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