The list of twenty-four vehicles eligible for the World Car of the Year Award has been whittled down to just three finalists, the Mazda3, the Audi A3 and the BMW 4 Series.
Cars that didn’t make the cut for the overall award include the BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, the Lexus IS and more. Besides the World Car of the Year, the finalists have also been announced for the World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and the World Car Design of the Year awards.
Fighting for the luxury car category are the Bentley Flying Spur, Mercedes S-Class and the Range Rover Sport, while the the Corvette Stingray, Ferrari 458 Speciale and the Porche 911 GT3 are competing in the sports car category.
In the green car category, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is taking on the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen XL1. Finally, the world car design of the year has been narrowed down, with the Mazda3 taking on the BMW i3 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
To choose the world car of the year awards, a panel of 69 automotive journalists from around the world cast ballots. The winners will be announced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.