The up! was honoured the 2012 World Car of the Year award. With 66 of the top automotive journalists from around the globe judging, the up! surpassed a total of 33 other nominees. ‘This award shows once again that in the up! our designers and engineers have created a vehicle that has been thought through in minute detail. A vehicle that sets standards in its class for efficient use of space, safety, motoring fun and environmental compatibility,’ said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.