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Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, is pictured with the Golf and Golf GTI in this contributed photo from VW.

DETROIT -- Volkswagen's 2015 Golf and 2015 Golf GTI today were named the 2015 North American Car of the Year. 

The Golf and Golf GTI were cited for setting new benchmarks in their segments, including innovation, design, and driver assistance features at the North American International Auto Show.

The cars beat out two other finalists.

 "Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title," said Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, in a statement. "This award highlights our achievements and hard work in the past year, and we are confident that the Golf family will continue to pave the way for the brand in the year ahead."

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