The all-new Volkswagen Golf edged out the Toyota iQ and the Ford Fiesta to bag the 2009 World Car of the Year title at the New York International Auto Show last week.

The sixth generation Golf made its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show last fall, and was unveiled in North America at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this February.

The new Golf will be coming to Canada this fall as a 2010 model.

Honda’s FCX Clarity took home the eco-friendly honours in New York as it was named the 2009 World Green Car.

The FCX Clarity, a sleekly styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan currently available on a limited lease-basis, is powered by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated by an on-board fuel cell stack.

The vehicle’s only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is up to three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile and two times that of a gasoline-powered hybrid vehicle.

The World Green Car awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.