Audi A3 named World Car of the Year

17 Apr, 2014 3:24pm Steve Fowler

The Audi A3 has beaten the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3 to the World Car of the Year award for 2014

The Audi A3 has been named World Car of the Year at a ceremony held at the New York Motor Show, beating fellow finalists the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3.

Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler and columnist Mike Rutherford are among the 69 international jurors voting in the Awards, now in their tenth year.

Commenting on the Award, Audi boss Rupert Stadler, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement. This major award win is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate”.

In spite of Audi winning the overall prize, the Awards were dominated by BMW with the i3 electric car winning two awards: World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, said: “To have the BMW i3 named World Green Car of the Year is a great honor. From the production process onwards, the i3 is a truly sustainable vehicle, created with the needs of the 21st century city in mind.”

Also honoured were the Porsche 911 GT3, which beat the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Corvette Stingray to the World Performance Car of the Year title, and the Mercedes S-Class, which won World Luxury Car of the Year ahead of the Bentley Flying Spur and Range Rover Sport.