As usual, the second press day of the New York Auto Show was kicked off by the World Car of the Year Awards. Rather than fluff things up, we'll cut right to the chase: top honors go to the brand-new Audi A3, which bested the Mazda3 and BMW 4 Series for the all-important award.

Of course, the wonderful thing about the World Car awards is that there isn't just one big announcement – other honors are given out for specific categories. Here are the other winners from this year's ceremony: Have a look at our list of finalists to see which cars didn't make the cut, and be sure to let us know if you agree or disagree with the winners, in Comments.


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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 8 Months Ago
      so among the five final awards two goes to bmw, one to merc, one to porsche, and the best goes to audi? i have a smartest suggestion. why not name this the world best german car of the year awards from next year?
      Brian
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mazda :(
      bud_buddy2
      • 8 Months Ago
      Audi design condensed to it's essence....no passion, no beauty, no interest.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Audi lol. I think a 3 year old child can come up with a more interesting interior design. Audi needs a new look inside and out.
        Ryth
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        The majority of 'cool' interiors are dated years later. This interior is spartan and timeless. It will age well and if you've been inside one of these A3s, you'd probably wouldn't be making that statement once you inspected everything and sat in it.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Ryth
          You keep telling yourself that buddy.
        Ryth
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        Don't need to tell myself considering I've been in the new A3...have you? My guess is 100% no you haven't.
      Boyd
      • 8 Months Ago
      looks like nothing special about the audi a3. boring looking.
      A A
      • 8 Months Ago
      overpriced, underpowered, mind numbingly bland design both inside and out
        Ryth
        • 8 Months Ago
        @A A
        Go drive one of the 2.0 and come back and say that. You could say that about the 1.8 FWD but you can't about the 2.0 Quattro.
      Daekwan
      • 8 Months Ago
      How do you win performance car of the year, when every unit already produced is being recalled for an engine replacement?
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Daekwan
        there were only two defect cars...so why not? It was just a faulty engine mount..hardly a factor defining the quality of the car.
      Jake
      • 8 Months Ago
      A bunch of German break-down machines. No surprise.
        Ryth
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jake
        Someone hasn't seen the reliability reports the last few years for Audi.
      Feurig
      • 8 Months Ago
      For world car, I'd probably pick Mazda3. A3 is uninspired and the 4er is based on the 3 series, hence there's nothing special about it. S-class is my pick for luxury car as well. Stingray would be my pick for performance. Just the price-point by itself qualifies it as this list clearly isn't going for the fastest or anything. Green car would probably be XL1. BMW's i3 is behind in technology and looks. C-class definitely for design award.
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        I agree on some points, especially design to the C-Class..though I see why they gave it to the I3. The Mazda 3 is a great car but compared to the Audi sadly lacks in the engine department. The XL1 probably didn't get it since it's not really available to the public
      Zoctor Ziglari
      • 8 Months Ago
      what a joke
      Mike
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does anyone else find it kind of offensive that the 911 GT3 won? Shouldn't the car be drivable at the time of the award? Personally the 458 Speciale should havve had that award. Id even give it to the 'vette before the GT3, just on a price/performance basis.
      brgtlm
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm sure it drives well and the interior is nice, but what a snooze of an exterior.
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @brgtlm
        I think pictures don't do it justice. Bigger wheels and a different color and it looks great on the road.
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