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World Car Of The Year Finalists : News

The shortlists for best performance car, best luxury car, best green car and for the overall award of world car of the year have each been whittled down to three finalists in each category. The winners will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17.

World Car of the Year: Audi A3
The first of eight German cars to make it through to the final stages of the competition, the A3 is available as a hatchback or sedan and with a host of glorious engines. It is also the first car to go on sale in the US with a 4G/LTE mobile internet connection as standard.

World Car of the Year: BMW 4 Series
BMW’s mid-level executive coupé just seems to get better with every iteration. Even with smaller, less polluting and more efficient engines, the new 4-Series is still a serious driver’s car and one packed to the hilt with the latest in active driver assistance and infotainment systems.

World Car of the Year: Mazda3
The only Japanese car to make the cut, the latest Mazda3 somehow manages to tick every box. It’s very green, it’s packed full of active and passive safety features, it has a heads-up display, comes as a hatchback or sedan and is actually great fun to drive.

World Luxury Car: Bentley Flying SpurM
Essentially the fastest car in the world with four doors, the Flying Spur could easily have made the cut for the performance car award. However, that would mean overlooking the sublime craftsmanship involved in piecing together the walnut veneers, hand-selecting the leather hides that dress the cabin, or the milling of the individual pieces of aluminum that make up the car’s switchgear.

World Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
As well as being an immensely comfortable environment to pass the time, the S-Class is a showcase of cutting-edge car technology, from 3D cameras to radar and infrared night vision.

World Luxury Car: Range Rover Sport
A massive improvement over the first generation, the latest Range Rover Sport, unlike pretty much any other vehicle in the same segment, manages to effortlessly combine on-road performance with real off-road agility. And it can carry seven – in comfort.

World Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The only car that will be flying the flag for the US in this year’s awards – unless you count Ford’s stake in Mazda – the latest Corvette is the closest yet to the European ideal of a supercar, from its improved suspension to prodigious use of carbon fiber. And it’s fast. Very fast. However, it’s hard to see how it can challenge Ferrari or Porsche unless judged in terms of price.

World Performance Car: Ferrari 458 Speciale
Ferrari has a habit of doing this. It launches a new V8 coupe and it is spectacular. Then a year later it launches a stripped back, faster version. The Speciale is with little doubt the pinnacle of supercar performance and handling, however, this total control comes at the sake of many creature comforts.

World Performance Car: Porsche 911 GT3
The 911 for 911 purists, the GT3 is the most full-on Porsche currently on sale. With minimum driver aids but with maximum power, it ditches the back seats to save space and uses four wheel steering to keep things under control at the limits. However, despite wonderful reviews, Porsche is currently recalling all models already sold due to a potential fire risk. Will this go against it?

World Green Car: Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (+ Audi e-gas)
Developed to run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas, the car can travel a combined 810 miles by using a combination of the two fuels. And while natural gas is still a fossil fuel, it is one that emits rather less CO2 when burned by an internal combustion engine. However, for German owners, the car becomes carbon neutral as it can be powered by Audi’s own eGas – a synthetic methane, and drivers can also use the company’s carbon offsetting program.

World Green Car: BMW i3
Specified as a pure electric vehicle or as an electric-petrol hybrid, the i3 manages 80-100 miles on battery power alone and still offers all the things expected of a BMW – attention to detail, the highest quality materials and a vehicle that’s actually fun to drive.

World Green Car: Volkswagen XL1
A car born out of obsession, it is capable of travelling 100km on 0.9 liters of diesel thanks to a combination of extreme lightweight, aerodynamic construction and a plug-in battery motor helping to take the strain and reduce CO2 emissions.


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