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by Matt Brogan

The Golden Steering Wheel has been awarded annually since 1975 to the best new cars of the year, and this year Audi’s handsome new Q5 has taken out the prestigious award, even before making its market introduction.

It’s the second year in a row Audi has received the award with the A4 winning last year, and as one of the highest forms of praise a vehicle can receive, Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, couldn’t be more thrilled.

“This is a tremendous success for both the new Q5 and the Audi brand. To me, it is also an acknowledgment of the great performance of our highly motivated and committed team,” said Stadler during the awards ceremony. “Our Golden Steering Wheel also proves to me that this car is apparently not only close to my heart; it also convinced the jury.”

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Members of the “Golden Steering Wheel” jury, consisting of VIPs, technical experts, and racing and rally pros, got another chance to put test candidates through their paces this year.

The Audi Q5 was able to win them over not only through its comfort, ergonomics and space, but also for great handling and versatility. It also ranked very high in the interior and exterior design disciplines. The technicians among the jury had particular praise for the new performance SUV’s ease of repair and environmental friendliness.

The new Audi Q5 combines the dynamism of a sports sedan with a highly flexible interior and a wide range of options for leisure and family. Three powerful, efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and agile suspension form the basis of an impressive technological package for on-road and off-road use. The innovative S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Audi drive select handling system are among its other highlights.

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The award for is the 17th victory in 33 years for a vehicle bearing the four rings, making Audi the most successful competing brand.






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