2014 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR
Judges for this year’s World Car of the Year awards have whittled the list to just three finalists in each category, drawn from the 45 candidates announced last month.
The shortlist, revealed this week at the Geneva Motor Show, sees Mazda’s new 3 small car facing off against two premium contenders for the overall WCotY award: the new Audi A3, and BMW’s 4 Series range.
The news also puts to rest any hopes that Peugeot might replicate Volkswagen’s 2013 result by winning both WCotY and European Car of the Year, which the new 308 picked up last week.
Finalists in the World Performance Car of the Year award include Chevrolet’s new Corvette Stingray, representing America in a battle with Ferrari’s 458 Speciale and the Porsche 911 GT3. (The GT3’s recent fire issues may not help its cause… - Ed.)
Last year’s award went to Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman twins, while the 2012 award went to the new 911. Can Porsche make it a hat-trick, or will the new 458 Speciale repeat Ferrari’s 458 WPCotY win in 2011?
(TMR has reviewed all three cars, read about them here.)
Last year’s champion of green motoring was Tesla’s Model S, while the 2012 award went to the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEfficiency.
Finally, the World Car Design of the Year award, which focuses entirely on style, will be fought out between Mazda’s new 3, the BMW i3, and the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Watch for the winners to be announced at next month's New York Auto Show.
Now that the finalists for each category have been announced, where does your money lie?
The WCOTY programme has been running since 2005 and has since become one of the most prized awards in the global automotive industry.
Judged by a panel of journalists from around the world, the 'of the year' award covers five categories: overall Car of the Year, the enthusiast-focused Performance Car, the high-rolling Luxury Car, the future-focused Green Car and, finally, Car Design.
The criteria for eligibility is long and varied. Crucial among them is that the cars must be available in at least five countries on at least two continents, before January 1 of the year of the award.