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Autoweek Crowns VW Golf GTI and GMC Canyon as 2015 Best of the Best

December 17, 2014

Autoweek has chosen its Best of the Best for 2015 and these are the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the GMC Canyon. The hatchback was singled out in the Best of the Best/Car category, while the mid-size pickup received the top honor in the Truck category.

The GTI was deemed the best in a group that also included the Alfa Romeo 4C, the Ford Mustang and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Meanwhile, the Canyon (pictured) bested the Lincoln MKC, the Porsche Macan and its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Autoweek said that it “evaluates every new or significantly updated model throughout the year and begins to identify the standouts.” To determine its Best of the Best for the year, it considers a number of factors. These are the following: design, economy, fit and finish, performance, value and significance to the auto industry. Personal taste is also considered.

The fortnightly magazine chooses four finalists for the car category and four finalists for the truck category, and its editors put all contenders through rigorous road-handling tests at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Here, the editors can further assess the vehicles based on design, performance and pure driving passion.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is in its seventh generation, but Autoweek said that the 2015 model “has set a new standard for value, practicality and performance.” The hot hatchback also proved to be very fun to drive. The publication said that it “couldn’t keep its editors out of it.”

Autoweek had plenty of good things to say about the GTI, particularly its new chassis and two transmission options. The magazine also raved about its build quality, handling, price and utility.

Volkswagen Group of America is happy about the GTI’s new recognition. “It’s an honor to receive this award from a publication whose readership has the same kind of passion about driving and performance as we have at Volkswagen, exemplified by cars like the Golf GTI,” VW Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn said in a statement.

As for the GMC Canyon, Autoweek praised it for being small in size but big on refinement, usability and utility. The publication liked that the vehicle is quiet and comfortable, as well as practical. It also gave high marks to the truck’s rugged looks and available off-road equipment.

Editors were clearly impressed with the Canyon, calling it “truly a truck in the most honest sense” and “one of the most important” new vehicles in the market.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, said this in a statement: “Delivering class-leading capabilities with GMC’s signature refinement was our goal for Canyon from Day One and Autoweek’s recognition affirms our instincts.”

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