2014 World Car Awards: finalists announced

BMW i3 tracking
Credits: Otis Clay
11 Feb, 2014 12:33pm

The BMW i3 and Citroen C4 Picasso make the cut as finalists for the World Car Awards

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.

BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series 420d M Sport action

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.

BMW i3

BMW i3 tracking

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.

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS 2014 cornering

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.

Citroen C4 Picasso

Citroen C4 Picasso front action

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.

Ford Mondeo

2014 Ford Mondeo

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.

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50 diesel 2014 front action

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 Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee Limited 2014 front action

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 IS

Lexus IS front tracking

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.

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 hatchback 2013 front action

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.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 hatchback 2013 front tracking

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.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia front cornering

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.