C-Class named World Car of the Year; Mercedes bags trio of World Car Awards
Mercedes-Benz claimed three of the five prizes up for grabs at this year’s World Car Awards (WCA).
Volkswagen’s Passat, which named European Car of the Year just four weeks earlier, was pipped to the overall gong of World Car of the Year by Mercedes’ C-Class.
The S-Class Coupé beat the BMW’s i8 hybrid supercar to come top in the World Luxury Car category while the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car bagged the World Performance Car gong, ahead of Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe.
In the two remaining categories, the i8 was voted World Green Car while World Car Design of the Year went to Citroen’s C4 Cactus.
The finalists and eventual winners were decided by a jury of 75 international automotive journalists from 22 countries (six from the UK) via secret ballot.
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Mercedes was the only carmaker to appear in each of the five categories and this trio of World Car Awards doubles Mercedes’ tally, promoting it from fifth to second in the WCA leaderboard, leapfrogging BMW, Porsche and VW.
Only Audi has won more WCAs since the original awards in 2004 (seven).
A statement from WCA jurors read: “Taking its design and technological cues from the S-Class, the C-Class employs an all-new aluminium/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class.”
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said he was “extremely delighted” with the C-Class’ win: “The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the premium medium-size category. This is true for the new C-Class as well.
“It comes to the starting line with qualities usually reserved for higher-class automobiles – ecologically, technically and also with regard to comfort and driving pleasure.
“It embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury made by Mercedes-Benz to be and has all the prerequisites to be a huge success.”
Previous World Car of the Year winners include Audi A3 (2014), Volkswagen Golf (2013), Volkswagen Up (2012), and Nissan Leaf (2011).
The winners were revealed during the opening day of the New York International Auto Show on Thursday 2 April.
2015’s World Car Awards shortlist and winners:
World Car of the Year:
(Previous winner: Audi A3)
World Luxury Car:
Mercedes-Benz S Coupe
Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB
(Previous winner: Mercedes-Benz S-Class)
World Performance Car:
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
(Previous winner: Porsche 911 GT3)
World Green Car:
Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid
Volkswagen Golf GTE
(Previous winner: BMW i3)
World Car Design of the Year:
Citroen C4 Cactus
(Previous winner: BMW i3)