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Volkswagen Passatt named 2015 European Car of the Year

Switzerland Geneva Auto Show Car of the Year

 (AP)

The Volkswagen Passat has been named 2015 European Car of the Year.

The model that took the title is different than the one sold in the United States. Its smaller and built on a newer platform than the American-made version, and is generally considered more upscale.

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

The Passat has an updated collision avoidance system compared to its predecessor and other new technology, including 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.