The Audi A3 has been named the 2014 World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards, making it the second Audi model to receive the distinction following the A6 in 2005.
"The A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year," said Audi board chairman Rupert Stadler. "The 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 is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate."
The A3 was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles from all over the world, before an international jury of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world narrowed down the list to three finalists: the BMW-4 Series, the Mazda 3 and the Audi A3.
The category winners named by the World Car Awards jurors are the BMW i3 for the World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year; the Porsche 911 GT3 for the World Performance Car of the Year; and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for the World Luxury Car of the Year.