The 2014 World Car of the Year finalists have been confirmed. These include the: Audi A3, BMW 4 Series, BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford Fusion/Mondeo, Infiniti Q50, Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS, Mazda3, Peugeot 308 and Skoda Octavia. Jurors will now vote for the most capable and the three strongest will be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 4th 2014. The overall winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on April 17th. Previous victors include the Volkswagen Golf (2013) and the VW up! (2012). There are also category wins available such as 2014: World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year.
2014 World Car Of The Year Category Finalists
The 2014 World Luxury Car candidates incorporate a wide range of vehicles - some of which cost more than a semi-detached house. Prospects include the: Bentley Flying Spur, BMW X5, Cadillac ELR, Cadillac Escalade, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Sport and the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
In contrast, some 2014 World Performance Car finalists are fairly affordable. Candidates include the: VW Golf GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, Alfa Romeo 4C, Audi RS 6 Avant, BMW M6 Gran Coupé, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Porsche 911 GT3, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, Mercedes-Benz A/CLA45 AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The 2014 World Green Car winner, in contrast, will be selected from the: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (+ Audi e-gas), BMW i3, Honda Accord Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volkswagen XL1. Finally, 2014 World Car Design of the Year finalists are the: BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XL1.
Word Car Of The Year Awards Explained
The World Car Awards was launched in 2004 to recognise automotive excellence on an international scale. Members have committed to performing this task with the “utmost objectivity, credibility and integrity.” The awards are administered by a non-profit association under the guidance of a Steering Committee of members from Asia, Europe, and North America. The cars under consideration this year will be voted for by panel of sixty-nine motoring journalists. Each was appointed based on expertise, experience, credibility and influence. Members include Joshua Dowling who contributes to Top Gear magazine in Australia, Michael Bettencourt from Canada who writes for MSN Autos, and Henny Hemmes from The Netherlands who features in AutoWeek. We await the verdicts.