While the ravishing lineup of automobiles and have-to-be-ogled sight of new launches feature across various pavilions, the New York International Auto Show marks the end of the motor-show season and also is the venue to announce the World Car Awards every year. 75 journalists from Asia, Europe and North America came together to choose the best cars of the world in five different categories and declared the new Mercedes C-Class as the World Car of the Year for 2015.
However, the coveted jury from around the world made it a hat trick victory for Mercedes-Benz as the German auto giant won three out of the five awards also including the World Luxury Car of the Year award for the S-Class Coupe as well as the World Performance Car of the Year award for the Mercedes AMG GT. The Mercedes C-Class made a lasting impression on the jurors and was described to deliver superlative levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling in its class. Apart from the C-Class, the Ford Mustang and the new generation Volkswagen Passat also made it to the top as the three finalists for the World Car of the Year title, but the three-pointed offered a slight edge with its S-Class inspired finish on the smallest rear-wheel driven Mercedes.
Mercedes-Benz won the Luxury Car of the Year title for the second time in a row this year, having won the inaugural award for the new S-Class sedan last year. The S-Class Coupe competed against the other two finalists the BMW i8 and Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB and excelled ahead showcasing a stunningly beautiful marriage of design and technology with power coming from V8 and V12 engines.
The Mercedes AMG GT won the 2015 World Performance Car of the Year award and jurors stated that its sheer road presence was enough to qualify it as a top three finalist. The car’s masculine lines and the roaring 4.0-litre Bi-Turbo V8 engine offering 456 BHP of adrenaline rushing power leaving the jury awestruck. Apart from the AMG GT, the BMW M3/M4 and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe made it as the top 3 finalists.
While the Citroen C4 Cactus may not be as luxurious or expensive as some of its co-winners, the car won the prestigious title for its innovative design and daring creativity. The slender upper lights, and the distinctly different, first of its kind air-bumps at the sides and a minimal uncluttered approach on the inside ensured that the design came across as a breath of fresh air. The Citroen C4 is winning the title for the second time, having claimed it once in 2006 as well.
With production outpacing the supply, the BMW i8 is already a massive success being the most frugal sports car to go on sale and it was the car’s same technological prowess that impressed the jury as well winning the World Green Car of the Year title. Experts stated that the three-cylinder motor coupled with an electric powertrain and four seats makes the electric sports car sensible while being powerful and had to be recognised as a green car. BMW took home the Green Car of the Year award for the second year in a row, having won the title for the i3 in 2014.