The finalists for the 2014 World Car Awards have been announced. The shortlist features 12 cars from manufacturers including BMW, Ford and Audi, with the winner set to be announced at the New York International Motor Show on April 17.
The judging is down to a jury of 69 motoring journalists from around the globe. Here are the nominations.
A replacement for the 3 Series Coupe, the BMW 4 Series is a more stylish and sporting alternative to the popular saloon. While visual relationship between the two is obvious, only the bonnet is shared. The 4 series also gets a 10mm reduction in ride height and a wider track for a more agile drive.
The German manufacturer’s first fully electric vehicle is also available as a range extender, alleviating range anxiety. It’s based around a carbon fibre tub and is also aiming to give electric vehicles a more desirable image, as one of the first premium EVs.
Penned as a rival to the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac has struggled with sales in the UK. Revised styling, quality, tech and driving dynamics are all aimed at persuading execs out of their BMWs and Mercedes.
The MPV sector is one of Citroen’s specialities. Crisp and modern styling inside and out on the latest model makes it one of the best looking family wagons money can buy. Frugal engines and reduced emissions also boost its green credentials.
An all-new fifth-generation Mondeo is set to arrive at the end of the year but the current model is still winning plaudits for its passenger refinement and driving dynamics.
The newcomer to the small business exec market offers more tech and innovative steering technology. Engines have also been adopted from Mercedes so economy and refinement is up there with the class leaders.
Jeep’s new bold styling approach and dramatically improved interiors are beginning to get recognised. A focus on off-roading ability and economy improvements is helping the Cherokee compete against its European rivals.
Lexus isn’t one for following the crowd and the IS continued that trend. Sharper steering, firmer suspension and a more rigid chassis have all been fitted to the latest IS. There’s still no diesel option, only a V6 petrol and hybrid powertrain is offered.
The third-gen Mazda 3 employs the brand’s latest SkyActiv engine tech and weight saving measures. Substantial visual changes inside and out make the 3 one of the best looking hatchbacks in its class.
While most manufacturers tend to opt for evolution rather than revolution with design of a new model, Peugeot completely overhauled the new 308. A lighter, stiffer, more efficient and prettier car replaced the previous model, taking the fight directly to the VW Golf.
In recent months Skoda has been going form strength to strength. The Octavia is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform and offers the practicality of a saloon at hatchback prices. For added performance Skoda also offers a firey vRS version.