BMW a finalist in every category for the World Car Awards

by Tim Jones on February 11, 2014, 11:25 am
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The countdown has begun for the 2014 World Car Awards (WCAs) ceremony to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Winners of the 2014 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

Prior to the ceremony in New York, WCA's top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.

But first, a jury of sixty nine distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following finalists in the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car and World Performance Car categories by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work.

The 2014 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following finalists listed in alphabetical order. Note that there are 12 finalists due to a multiple tie.

2014 World Car of the Year finalists:
  • Audi A3
  • BMW 4 Series
  • BMW i3
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Citroen C4 Picasso
  • Ford Fusion / Mondeo
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lexus IS
  • Mazda3
  • Peugeot 308
  • Skoda Octavia

The 2014 World Luxury Car will be chosen from one of these top ten finalists:
  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • BMW X5
  • Cadillac ELR
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Maserati Ghibli
  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Porsche Macan
  • Range Rover Sport
  • Rolls-Royce Wraith
This is the first year for the World Luxury Car award. This new category is created to acknowledge higher-priced premium models selling in more limited numbers worldwide. The 2014 World Performance Car has eleven finalists due to a tie.

2014 World Performance Car Finalists are:
  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
  • Mercedes-Benz A/CLA45 AMG
  • Porsche 911 GT3
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
The 2014 World Green Car category is handled differently. Five experts in "green" technology were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate on the list of nominees. The experts then create a short-list of finalists for review by the sixty nine jurors in their second round of voting this month.

The finalists for 2014 are:
  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (+ Audi e-gas)
  • BMW i3
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Volkswagen XL1
Cars eligible for the 2014 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates or may be included as a stand-alone entry provided the vehicle is available in quantities of at least 10 in one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending May 30th, 2014. Candidates may be pre-production or all-new production.

The finalists for the jurors are:
  • BMW i3
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Citroen C4 Picasso
  • Mazda3
  • Lexus IS
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Volkswagen XL1
Now in its tenth year, the annual World Car Awards are now the number one awards program in the world based on Prime Research's 2013 report.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford (U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.


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