The Polo beat out the Toyota Prius and the Mercedes E-Class.
"We're honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG, according to the Detroit News. "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 that Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history."
General Motors won World Design Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Camaro.
The Audi R8 V-10 won the World Performance Car of the Year.
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The Volkswagen Polo took home top honors as the 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show Thursday