Just last month we brought you the list of candidates for the World Car of the Year award and all its various categories. Now the international committee of judges has narrowed it down and announced the top three finalists from each category here at the Geneva Motor Show.

The shortlist for 2015 World Car of the Year has been whittled down to the Ford Mustang, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen Passat. That eliminates the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroën C4 Cactus, Hyundai Genesis, Jeep Renegade, Mazda2, Mini Hardtop 4-door and Nissan Qashqai from contention for the top award.

That of course isn't the only award which the jury hands out, though. In the Luxury category, the list has been narrowed down to the BMW i8, Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB. The finalists for Performance award are the BMW M3/M4, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GT. Green contenders include the BMW i8 (once again), the Mercedes S500 PHEV and VW Golf GTE. And the nominees for the best car design are the Citroën C4 Cactus, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo XC90.

The winners in each category will be announced next month at the New York Auto Show, so watch this space to see which cars come away with the trophies.
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"THE ROAD TO THE WORLD CAR" JOURNEY CONTINUES... TOP THREE IN THE WORLD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN GENEVA

The Road to the World Car journey continues with today's announcement of the Top Three in the World finalists in five award categories at the Geneva International Motor Show.

This announcement continues the countdown for the 2015 World Car Awards (the WCAs) winners' press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Winners of the 2015 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

A jury of 75 distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following "Top Three in the World" finalists by secret ballot based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors' ballots.

The Top Three in the World finalists in the 5 award categories are as follows:

2015 World Car of the Year:
Ford Mustang
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volkswagen Passat

2015 World Luxury Car:
BMW i8
Mercedes-Benz S Coupe
Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB

2015 World Performance Car:
BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan
Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

2015 World Green Car:
BMW i8
Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid
Volkswagen Golf GTE

2015 World Car Design of the Year:
Citroën C4 Cactus
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volvo XC90

The Road to the World Car began in Paris on October 2, followed by a stop in Los Angeles for a test-drive of the North American contenders in November, and continues with the finalists' announcement today at the Geneva International Auto Show. The journey ends at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 when all winners are declared.

The Global Trends Report, co-presented by Prime Research and Autoneum, will be revealed just before the winners' press conference on the same day in New York. Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel said, "Smart efficiency is the most important trend in the automobile industry. With Autoneum's lightweight and multifunctional products for acoustic and heat management in vehicles, our smart innovations are making an important contribution to the future of the automobile."

About World Car Awards

The World Car Awards (WCA) are more than just an awards program. The WCA's judging panel is made up of 75 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts. The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale.

For additional information either visit our web site (www.wcoty.com) or please contact Beth Rhind, Executive Manager, E: beth@wcoty.com, T: 1.705.924.3444.

About PRIME Research

PRIME Research, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy is once again the World Car Awards' research partner. On an annual basis, PRIME Research and the World Car Awards are co-presenting a Global Trends Report at the New York International Auto Show each spring. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and SWOT analyses on over 150 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard in automotive media research.

About Autoneum

Autoneum is a Swiss based global market leader in vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems with over 10,000 employees in around 50 locations worldwide. The company's automotive expertise and the innovative way it sets trends and meets today's requirements for vehicle comfort, safety, efficiency and sustainability makes Autoneum the ideal presenting partner. Autoneum and World Car Awards are united by their aspiration to promote innovation in the automotive industry and thus shape the future of mobility.

About the New York International Auto Show

Owned and operated by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the New York Auto Show is an awesome combination of new ideas, technological innovation, exceptional concept cars and nearly 1,000 of the latest new cars and trucks. Over one million visitors are expected to visit the show this year to see what is truly possible from the automotive industry.

Important 2015 Auto Show Dates
Press Preview, April 1 & April 2 (credentials required)
Public Sneak Preview, Friday, April 3
Public Show Dates, Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 12


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