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Volkswagen's Polo was officially chosen as the 2010 European Car of the Year, narrowly beating the Toyota iQ for the award.  Of the seven cars on the list, two are German, two are French, one is Czech, one is Japanese, and one is technically American.

The Polo pulled in 59 votes, of which 25 put the car in first place.  Toyota's iQ scored 20 first place nods, and 58 total votes.  The also-rans include the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Skoda Yeti, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Peugeot 3008, and the Citroen C3 Picasso.

VW's supermini is 7.5 percent lighter than the previous model, and has a five-star safety rating.  Despite the lighter weight, it has a larger boot, and bigger body.  The car comes with six different engine options up to the 104-horsepower 1.2-liter TSI petrol.

The award was handed down by a panel of senior journalists.  Participating reporters and editors come from seven different European magazines.

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