Globe Auto of the Year finalists announced

World Car of the Year co-chair Matt Davis

To say the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was packed complete of information is an understatement as massive as the show’;s home at the Palexpo convention center. Regardless of every little thing that we were able to cover in the course of this year’;s show, there is still much more coming out of Switzerland, like the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 Globe Automobile of the 12 months Awards.

We reported on the authentic record of finalists more than 3 weeks ago, and now, that original record has been pared down to 3 finalists for each and every of the 5 awards. The finalists were announced at a press conference by frequent Autoblog contributor and co-chair of the awards, Matt Davis (over).

The finalists for the general title of 2014 World Automobile of the 12 months are the Audi A3, the BMW 4 Series and the Mazda3. The Globe Luxury Vehicle of the Yr will be both the Bentley Flying Spur, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Land Rover Selection Rover Sport, although the Performance Car of the Year will be awarded to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Ferrari 458 Speciale or the Porsche 911 GT3 (which, um, yeah…).

Rounding out the trophy contenders are the finalists for World Green Auto of the Yr, which include the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron and Audi E-Gasoline, the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen XL1. Finally, World Car Style of the 12 months will be contested by the BMW i3, Mazda3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The winners will be announced in April, at the 2014 New York International Automobile Present. Scroll down for the official press release from the Planet Vehicle of the 12 months committee.

Top 3 Finalists Announced in All Planet Auto Awards Categories

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Leading 3 Finalists Announced in All Planet Vehicle Awards Classes

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At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York Global Auto Demonstrate at the Geneva Worldwide Motor Display, the leading 3 finalists for the Globe Vehicle of the 12 months, World Luxury Vehicle, World Efficiency Auto, Planet Green Auto and Globe Vehicle Style of the Yr awards were announced right now.

The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Demonstrate on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

World Automobile of the 12 months

From an preliminary entry checklist of twenty-4 new vehicles from all more than the world, then a brief checklist of finalists, the leading 3 contenders for the total 2014 World Car of the 12 months title have been unveiled.

They are, in alphabetical order by producer:

– Audi A3
– BMW 4 Series
– Mazda3.

To be eligible for the overall Globe Car award, the candidates have to grow to be obtainable for sale on at least 2 continents in the course of the period starting January one, 2013 and ending May possibly 31, 2014.

Autos are chosen and voted on by an global jury panel comprised of sixty-9 top-level automotive journalists from twenty-2 countries close to the globe. Each and every juror was appointed by the World Car Awards’; Steering Committee on the basis of his or her knowledge, encounter, credibility, and influence. Each and every juror typically drives and evaluates new autos on a normal basis as component of their specialist work. All hold important stature inside their own regions and countries.

Planet Luxury Auto

This is the first yr for the World Luxury Auto award. This new class is designed to acknowledge larger-priced premium designs offering in more limited numbers around the world. The top 3 finalists are:

– Bentley Flying Spur
– Mercedes-Benz S-Class
– Range Rover Sport

World Efficiency Car

This 12 months, we were faced with a huge array of genuine performers from every price tag bracket imaginable. The top 3 finalists are:

– Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
– Ferrari 458 Speciale
– Porsche 911 GT3

Planet Green Automobile

The Planet Green Auto award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation for the past 7 years.

5 authorities in “green” technological innovation are appointed annually by the World Automobile Awards Steering Committee to extensively assessment all documentation and specs associated with each candidate on the listing of nominees. The experts then develop a quick-list of finalists for overview by the sixty-9 jurors in their second round of voting.

The jurors chose these top 3 finalists for 2014:

– Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (+ Audi e-gas)
– BMW i3
– Volkswagen XL1

The 5 experts on the advisory panel are in alphabetical purchase: Phil Berg (USA – Richard Bremner (U.K. Autocar magazine), Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany – Yumi Kawabata (Japan-environmental journalist) and John Voelcker (USA –

Globe Vehicle Design and style of the Yr

Once more, a style panel consisting of 5 highly respected globe layout authorities was asked to initial review each and every candidate, and then set up a quick-list of suggestions for the jurors. The jurors chose the following top 3 finalists:

– BMW i3
– Mazda3
– Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The design and style experts for 2014 are Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – freelance style journalist) Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy – Auto & Style magazine) Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Layout College) Sam Livingstone (U.K. – Automobile Design and style Analysis and Royal School of Ar2rk) and Tom Matano (USA – College of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)

About the World Auto Awards

Now in their tenth yr, the annual Planet Automobile Awards are now the quantity one particular awards program in the world based on Prime Research’;s 2013 report. The awards have been inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the actuality of the international marketplace, as nicely as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Automobile of the 12 months packages.

The awards are administered by a non-revenue 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, automobile present, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

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