Prize "Golden Steering Wheel" is based on an initiative by the publisher Axel Springer in 1976. In contrast to other auto prices, such as the auto of the calendar year, the winner not chose by journalists or visitors, but in two-day test of an independent board of specialists, racers and celebrity drivers. The award ceremony is held annually in November in Berlin. By taking over the editorial, Peter Maahn the criteria of the award in 1979 were far more specialist. More than the several years, the Golden Steering Wheel designed into an institution that, in accordance to a survey, the most important German award for automobiles. Maahn handed in excess of immediately after 21 years in December 2000, the responsibility to his successor Joachim Walther. In 2007, the first time the Eco-Friendly Wheel for greatest environmental innovation has been awarded.
The worldwide jury, who participated in the previous 30 years in the decision, incorporated in three decades involve: Sir Peter Ustinov, Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Walter Rohrl, Thomas Gottschalk, David Coulthard, Peter Maffay, Barbara Schoneberg, Nick Heidfeld or Hans-Joachim Stuck. Only two jurors (Hans Herrmann and Erhard Schwind) participated in all past 30 decisions. Historically, the jury is composed of 3 distinct teams: engineers, racers and celebrities. Each and every of the groups evaluated various standards corresponding to their respective automotive know-how. The winner in the "Honor Steering Wheel" isn't determined by the jury but by ommittee of BamS editorial and publishing. Regarding the award in the "Gold Steering Wheel" decides to open a preliminary examination by the reader, a jury of experts from administration, environmental groupings, car trade and car clubs.
Except with the 2000 to 2002, the ceremony at all times takes location in the Axel Springer building in Berlin. In the3 years the "Golden Steering Wheel" in a TV show on ZDF from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport has been transferred. The best-regarded ceremony was on 9 November 1989, as soon as the Berlin Wall fell. At that time, quite a few took advantages in the occasion still to go in the night, the probability for that initially time without the need of controls the eastern sector of the divided city. Conversely, several residents of East Berlin were friends of the spontaneous after-show party. In the awards ceremony in 1999 suffered Nina Ruge as host of the celebration in the burning of a stage fireworks lgt burns, which met with great media protection.
The awarding of the "Golden Steering Wheel" 2010 took location on three November at a ceremony in Berlin. Have been awarded prizes inside the classes of compact vehicles, "Green Steering Wheel", center and upper class, luxury vehicles, SUVs, and the "Honor Steering Wheel". For that ranking for the best vehicle of 2010 competed for about 42 new automobile models. Could qualify for the finals of the "Golden Steering Wheel" finally 19 vehicle models for that final round of judging.
The German for the very best car 2010 inside the luxury class Audi A1 thus called by Volkswagen. The Audi A1 succeeded his rival Bentley Mulsanne as well as the Jaguar XJ inside the ranking to positions 2 and three refer to. The "Golden Steering Wheel" inside the category of little vehicles once again won a car from Volkswagen. Therefore, the Audi A1 can VW according to the rating described as the perfect smaller vehicle. This means that the Audi A1 just before the Suzuki Swift car as well as the DS3 from Citroen. When the van auto models for 2010, the VW Sharan Van won the award for best this calendar year. In type jeep once again trumped the Volkswagen Group. In accordance to the organizers of the "Golden Steering Wheel" of the Porsche Cayenne is the top SUV from VW in 2010.
The compact class could decide the Opel Company in itself. In accordance with Auto Rating 2010, the Opel Meriva is the top car inside the compact type. Opel in the compact car could thus defend his title. The Opel Meriva distanced here the cars of Alfa Romeo Giulietta as well as the CT 200h from Lexus to the rear ranks. Mercedes also could exhibit off at this award and won with his Mercedes CLS-Coupe to the track for the very best car center type and upper type. Nevertheless, inside the center class, the conclusion was for the Mercedes CLS-Coupe relatively scarce. For the Audi A7 VW is only slightly behind the Mercedes CLS Coupe. Equivalent to the "Golden Steering Wheel", a specifically sustainable auto was "Honored Steering Wheel" and for that reason named the greenest automobile unit. The car of Peugeot iON has become recognized the "Green Steering Wheel" for its environmentally pleasant auto model with the environmental award. Honored that evening was in Berlin for the auto of the 12 months 2010, the CEO Norbert Reithofer of BMW Group.