If it’s not a Volkswagen, then it is an Audi! As a result, the 2014 World Car of the Year is the Audi A3, the well-known premium compact bestseller from the German carmaker owned by Volkswagen Group. Of course, Audi is not a stranger to this award as it won the inaugural 2005 World Car of the Year title, but also three World Performance Car titles in 2010, 2008 and 2007, and two World Car Design of the Year titles in 2008 and 2007.
Back in 2013, the Volkswagen Golf was the car that won the same title, while in 2012 Volkswagen Up! surprized us all. In 2011, the Nissan Leaf was the lucky winner, but in 2010 Volkswagen’s Polo was the leader, while 2009 saw the Volkswagen Golf. The Mazda2/Demio received the same title in 2008, a year ahead of the Lexus LS460 which was the winner in 2007.
The BMW 3-Series received this award in 2006. As we said, the inaugural title was received by the Audi A6, back in 2005. If the Audi A3 was this year’s winner, the German cars dominated the rest of the titles.
As a result, the BMW i3 is the 2014 World Green Car of the Year but also the 2014 World Car Design of the Year, while the 2014 World Performance Car of the Year is the Porsche 911 GT3, despite the recall. The 2014 World Luxury Car of the Year is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For those who don't know, the 2014 European car of the Year is the Peugeot 308.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year. The Audi A3 showcases Audi’s technical competence in all aspects of carmaking, not least in the areas of lightweight technology, drivetrain, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems. This major award win is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate”.