Passat voted Car of the Year

GENEVA (AP) – The large family car Volkswagen Passat has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show.

German Volkswagen’s four-door sedan beat six others including the Citroen’s C4 Cactus, Renault’s Twingo and the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.

Among the features of the Passat include an updated collision avoidance system compared to its predecessor and other new technology such as emergency driver assistance and cross-wind stabilization.

Volkwagen last won the car of the year award in 2013 with its Golf compact car. The Passat succeeds Peugeot’s compact 308, which won last year.