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  • World Car of the Year: Audi A3
  • World Performance Car of the Year: Porsche 911 GT3
  • World Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • World Green Car of the Year: BMW i3
  • World Car Design of the Year: BMW i3

The results are in: In an all-German affair, Audi’s new A3 range has been declared the 2014 World Car of the Year.

Announced at this week’s New York Auto Show, the A3 beat out Mazda’s stellar new 3 hatch and sedan, along with the first-ever BMW 4 Series.

The A3’s victory brings special significance for Audi, with the larger A6 the first winner of the prize in its inaugural year of 2005.

This year’s result also makes Audi, along with parent Volkswagen, the only marque to win the overall World Car of the Year award twice.

Volkswagen has won twice with the Golf (2009, 2013), once with the Polo (2010) and once with the Up (2012). Other winners include the BMW 3 Series (2006), the Lexus LS (2007), the Mazda2 (2008), and the electric Nissan Leaf (2011).

Reviewed eight times so-far by TMR since its May 2013 launch, the A3 range has achieved four out of five stars on each rated outing.

In sedan form, launched in January, the A3 is a solid contender for this year’s TMR Best Buy award (along with the new Mazda3 range).

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Other ‘World Car of the Year’ categories wrapped up this week include Performance, Luxury, Green and Design.

In the Performance class, major engine troubles and a huge recall couldn’t keep Porsche’s 911 GT3 from the top prize, besting Ferrari’s 458 Speciale and the all-new Corvette Stingray.

The top Luxury result will surprise few, with Mercedes-Benz taking home the prize for its new S-Class.

The big new limo beat out Bentley’s revised Flying Spur and the new Range Rover Sport. And if recent reports are to be believed, Merc isn’t done yet: there’s supposedly a new Maybach-badged special on the way.

BMW’s new i3 - due here in November from $63,900 - was the other big winner, impressing judges in both the Green and Design categories.

In the Green category, the i3 beat out Audi’s specialised A3 e-tron variant, along with Volkswagen’s limited-production XL1 offering.

For design, the i3 beat Mazda’s new 3 - the only other model to appear twice in this year’s nominations - and the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

And that’s a wrap for 2014.

Did the results line up with your tips? And, come this time next year, which models do you think will take the prize(s)?

 

About WCOTY

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.

 
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