To say the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was packed full of news is an understatement as big as the show's home at the Palexpo convention center. Despite everything that we were able to cover during this year's show, there's still more coming out of Switzerland, including the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 World Car of the Year Awards.

We reported on the original list of finalists over three weeks ago, and now, that initial list has been pared down to three finalists for each of the five awards. The finalists were announced at a press conference by frequent Autoblog contributor and co-chair of the awards, Matt Davis (above).

The finalists for the overall title of 2014 World Car of the Year are the Audi A3, the BMW 4 Series and the Mazda3. The World Luxury Car of the Year will be either the Bentley Flying Spur, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, while 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 Car of the Year, which include the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron and Audi E-Gas, the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen XL1. Finally, World Car Design of the Year 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 Auto Show. Scroll down for the official press release from the World Car of the Year committee.
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Top Three Finalists Announced in All World Car Awards Categories


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Top Three Finalists Announced in All World Car Awards Categories

GENEVA - March 4, 2014 - For Immediate Release

At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced today.

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

World Car of the Year

From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of finalists, the top three contenders for the overall 2014 World Car of the Year title have been revealed.

They are, in alphabetical order by manufacturer:

- Audi A3
- BMW 4 Series
- Mazda3.

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending May 31, 2014.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-nine top-level automotive journalists from twenty-two countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Awards' Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries.

World Luxury Car

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 top three finalists are:

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

World Performance Car

This year, we were faced with a vast array of legitimate performers from every price bracket imaginable. The top three finalists are:

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

World Green Car

The World Green Car award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation for the past seven years.

Five experts in "green" technology are appointed annually 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.

The jurors chose these top three finalists for 2014:

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

The five experts on the advisory panel are in alphabetical order: Phil Berg (USA - PopularMechanics.com); Richard Bremner (U.K. Autocar magazine), Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany - automobil-industrie.de); Yumi Kawabata (Japan-environmental journalist) and John Voelcker (USA - GreenCarReports.com)

World Car Design of the Year

Again, a design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors. The jurors chose the following top three finalists:

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

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

About the World Car Awards

Now in their 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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      jschaffer180
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm really happy to see a Mazda amongst all of these German and other high end vehicles. They truly do make great cars that are affordable to most buyers, and it's unfortunate that they don't translate to higher sales.
      usa1
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm holding out for the Universe Car of the Year award.
      Georg
      • 9 Months Ago
      whats that German car award with some international contenders?
      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mazda 3 is the only car that makes sense there; especially for world design. If the forgettable C-class and inhumanely hideous i3 round out the top three, I have little faith in the eyes of my fellow humans.
      over9000
      • 9 Months Ago
      World car of the year but most of the finalists are European. Who would've thought?
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 9 Months Ago
        @over9000
        Americans cars suck, who would've thought?
          Mu Sic
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          The Renault Duster (sold in Europe as a Dacia) is among the cheapest cars one can buy over there. Way to find a good example.
          jz78817
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          So do most European cars. The only reason people on this side of the pond think they don't is because we only get the more expensive ones. And even those tend to be unreliable pieces of junk. Seriously, go drive a cheap Euro car like the Renault Duster (I have) and you'll see what cheap pieces of s**t they are.
        EB110Americana
        • 9 Months Ago
        @over9000
        My thoughts exactly. Out of 16 finalists, all the cars are from Europe except the Mazda 3 (which holds two of those spots) and Corvette. If you throw in the Range Rover Sport (UK/India) and the 458 Speciale (Italy), the remaining 11 finalists are all from Germany. Not that Germany doesn't make nice cars, but I'm not convinced they have a monopoly on nearly 70% of the best cars in the world. It's another one of those, "Let's give awards to ourselves because we're so great." ceremonies. Like a "democratic election" under a militaristic regime.
          sparrk
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EB110Americana
          German cars have won the car of the year award 5 times until now, Japanese cars have won 3 times. If Mazda winds, it will be 5:4 , which seems fair.
          jz78817
          • 9 Months Ago
          @EB110Americana
          I first had the same reaction, but you've got to keep in mind that it's only been this last product cycle where "Detroit" has been making truly global cars. I wouldn't expect an organization picking best "world" car to consider anything which is pretty much only sold in North America,
      Mchicha
      • 9 Months Ago
      If this is truly a 'world car' Award, the Lexus GS and the Cadillac CTS should be on there. Those two are epic products.
        Georg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mchicha
        epic fail... if world car they are deleted from the list because no one buys them outside the USA...
          dohc73
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Georg
          The fact that you're still using Facebook is an epic fail, Georg.
      RyanC
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why exactly is it that the Tesla Model S isn't on here... for every single category?
      Mchicha
      • 9 Months Ago
      Have they resolved the issue of doctored results from their 'professional' organization that the German government was investigating?
        Chris Paukert
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mchicha
        Hi, Mchicha In the interest of clarification, the scandal you refer to is related to a totally different award and organization, the ADAC, not the World Car of the Year organization. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/01/adac-yellow-angel-vw-golf-scandal/ Hope this helps clarify, thanks for commenting.
      Jared
      • 9 Months Ago
      Who's going to take a Mazda 3 or Audi 3 over the Stingray?
        jz78817
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jared
        Who the hell cross-shops a Mazda 3 and a Corvette? Nobody!
        bwahahahaha
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jared
        The Mazda 3 and Audi A3 actually could and should be cross shopped (and I have). In the S GT trim the Mazda3 and base A3 are similarly priced and have similar performance numbers (0-60 are about the same). However, the Mazda3 gets much better fuel economy and comes with many more standard features at that price. On a more subjective note, the Mazda3 also feels better to drive, has a nicer interior unless you vastly increase the price of the A3, looks better, and should be more reliable. Try taking off your brand blinders for a moment, the 2014 3 is a phenomenal car.
      Mike Romano
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, except for the Mazda3 I can't disagree more. Just from the original finalists: Cadillac CTS Mazda3 Peugeot 308
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM was gonna participate too but their keys fell out and crashed.
      parker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Lets award cars only %20 of the population can afford, that will be good!
        hboi18
        • 9 Months Ago
        @parker
        only 20% of the population can afford a Mazda 3?? how poor do you think people are... the bmw and audi are cheap to if you dont go crazy
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