The finalists for the 2014 World Car of the Year have been announced, but the world will have to wait until Thursday, April 17 at the New York Auto Show to find out the winner.
This year’s short list has 12 finalists rather than the standard 10 due to a multiple tie. The cars being considered are the Audi A3, BMW 4 Series, BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford Fusion, Infiniti Q50, Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS, Mazda3, Peugeot 308 and the Skoda Octavia.
Besides the overall world car of the year, a group of 69 automotive journalists from around the world also voted on the World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and the World Car Design of the Year awards. Each will be assigned in New York this April.
Eligibility for the green car award as well as the design award are slightly different that the others. In the case of the World Green Car, a team of five experts is comprised to study stats and specs and put together a short list of contenders which the 69 jurors then drive and vote on.
For the design award, the cars are taken from the overall world car nominee list, but standalone entries are accepted provided the vehicle is available in quantities of at least 10 in one major market from January 1, 2013 to May 30th, 2014.
For all of the finalists, see the lists below.
GALLERY: World Car of the Year Finalists
World Performance Car of the Year Award
Alfa Romeo 4C Audi RS 6 Avant BMW M6 Gran Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Ferrari 458 Speciale Ford Fiesta ST Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster Mercedes-Benz A/CLA45 AMG Porsche 911 GT3 Porsche 911 Turbo Volkswagen Golf GTI
World Luxury Car of the Year
Bentley Flying Spur BMW X5 Cadillac ELR Cadillac Escalade Maserati Ghibli Maserati Quattroporte Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Macan Range Rover Sport Rolls-Royce Wraith
World Green Car of the Year
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (+ Audi e-gas) BMW i3 Honda Accord Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Volkswagen XL1
World Car Design of the Year
BMW i3 Cadillac CTS Citroen C4 Picasso Mazda3 Lexus IS Mercedes-Benz C-Class Volkswagen XL1