Mercedes-Benz has taken out a hot trifecta at this year’s World Car of the Year awards, with the winners announced in New York today.
Other contenders for the Luxury award included the BMW i8 (oddly not included in the Performance category), the Kia Quoris, Cadillac’s Escalade SUV and ATS Coupe, the Lincoln MKC and the new Lexus RC Coupe.
The S-Class Coupe’s win makes it two on the trot for the series, with its four-door sibling taking out the award last year.
The AMG GT’s victory in the Performance category will surprise few, with the new 911 rival beating out Audi’s S1, S3 and TT/TTS models, Bentley’s Continental GT Speed, the BMW M3 and M4 twins, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and the Lexus RC F.
The GT's win is fitting, with last year's award going to a key rival: the 911 GT3.
Mercedes did not win every category, however, with the BMW i8 award World Green Car of the Year, and Citroen's quirky C4 Cactus taking out the top design award.
In 2014, BMW's i3 won both the green and design awards.
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.