The Camaro is the first Chevrolet car to win an award at the World Car of the Year awards since it began in 2005 after it was chosen ahead of the Citroen C3 Picasso and Kia Soul in the final vote.
A panel of five respected design experts reviewed the 30 candidates in the World Car of the Year category before a jury of 59 judges from 25 different countries narrowed the list down to three.
Cars were judged on style and innovation that ‘push established boundaries’
The judges, experts from across the motoring industry, said: ""Although it borrows some of its styling cues from the first generation Camaro, they all contribute to a simple, pure and modern appearance. It is the most dynamic Camaro ever."
Chevrolet, owned by General Motors, is currently launching a number of models into the European market, including the Cruze and Spark city car. It was the Camaro however, which impressed judges.
“In recreating this modern sports car, we have proven that people are just as passionate about Chevy as ever,” said Michael Simcoe, Chevrolet Design Director. “We have been delighted about the strong reaction to the Camaro — even in markets that are new to Chevy, it has been creating an emotional appeal for the brand.”
The annual awards were set up in 2005 and World Design Car of the Year was added to the categories in 2006. The first ever winner was Citroen C4 and last year the Fiat 500 was awarded the title.
The World Car of the Year award was won by the Volkswagen Polo, and the manufacturer also won the Green Car of the Year for the Volkswagen Bluemotion range. The Performance Car of the Year award was given to the Audi R8 V10.