The Volkswagen Polo has been voted World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show.

The supermini was awarded the title by 59 automotive journalists from around the world at the 2010 Word Car of the Year awards in Manhatten.

Judges at the seventh annual ceremony based the decision on merit, value, safety, environmental impact, significance and emotional appeal.

The Volkswagen Polo finished ahead of the Mercedes E-Class and Toyota Prius for the award, which was won by the popular Volkswagen Golf last year.

"We're honoured that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. "After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo.

Volkswagen also won the Green Car of the Year award for its common-rail injection Bluemotion range, while Audi won the Performance Car of the Year award for the R8 V10.

Chevrolet won its first ever World Car of the Year award when it was awarded the Design Car of the Year title for the Chevrolet Camaro.