The World Car of the Year awards program has been around for 11 years now.
How it works is a jury, made up of 75 journalists from 22 countries, is appointed to judge the vehicles using their individual expertise and years of automotive critiquing experience. After the jurors have made their selections the results are tabulated by an independent accounting firm.
A press conference at the New York International Auto Show was held and the 2015 World Car of the Year awards were presented in five categories. Here are the winners:
2015 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR – Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was chosen over both the Ford Mustang and the Volkswagen Passat. According to the jurors the C-Class won because, by “Taking its design and technological cues from the S-Class, the C-Class employs an all-new aluminium/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class.”
2015 WORLD LUXURY CAR – Mercedes-Benz S-Class
For two years in a row that the S-Class has won this category. It beat both the BMW i8 and the Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB. The jurors found that the “Mercedes-Benz design and technology are forming a marriage that is more happy than ever. There is no better car to prove it than this stunningly beautiful derivative of the S-class, available with powerful, turbocharged V-8 and V-12 engines.”
2015 WORLD PERFORMANCE CAR – Mercedes AMG GT
The Mercedes triumphed over the tough competition from both the BMW M3/M4 and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé. In the end the jurors found that the AMG GT’s, “on-road presence alone is almost enough to qualify it as a ‘Top 3’ finalist. But in addition to its ruggedly handsome looks it has an impressive spec sheet comprising of a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, seven speed dual-clutch transmission, 456bhp (minimum)…and much, much more.”
2015 WORLD CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR – Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus is the best car design of 2015 according to this jury. It was chosen above both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Volvo XC90. Here is the jury’s opinion: “The Cactus is a truly innovative piece of design. It has an appealingly distinct exterior announced first by its slender upper front lights, proportions slightly different to any other car, and by those stand-out ‘air-bumps’ that help safeguard against parking scrapes. Inside it eschews lots of dials and buttons for a very minimal uncluttered approach: controls centred on and around a central digital screen and many of the core surfaces and volumes kept linear, reduced, and pleasantly un-car-like. The Cactus design is a proper breath of fresh air.”
2015 WORLD GREEN CAR – BMW i8
BMW won this award last year for the i3. This year the experts again favoured the brand. “The BMW i8 gasoline hybrid looks so cool, it should be the icon for all “Green” cars. So it inspires Green Passion, which on paper looks like 155 mph on the i8’s three cylinder turbo gasoline engine, four-wheel-drive and four seats. The i8 adds so much enjoyment to a sensible lifestyle that it needs to be recognized as a great Green Car.”
The BMW beat both the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf GTE.