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Mercedes-Benz Scores 3 World Car of the Year Awards for 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

One of the highlights of the New York International Auto Show every April is the announcement of the World Car of the Year Awards from the show floor. Jurors from 23 countries consider 100s of cars and test drive about a dozen finalists before beginning a second round of voting and announcing the top three finalists at the Geneva Show in March.  Models had to be available for sale between January 2014 and May 2015 on at least two continents to be considered for the overall World Car award.

Finalists for the 2015 World Car of the Year category included Ford Mustang, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Volkswagen Passat, with the Mercedes taking the top spot. As one of the top-selling Mercedes-Benz models, the C-Class was praised for its "all-new aluminum/steel hybrid platform with updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers a refined, luxury, safe ride and handling." Last year’s overall winner was the 2014 Audi A3.

Mercedes-Benz won 3 out of the 5 categories in 2015 with the S-Class Coupe winning the World Luxury Car award for the second year in a row with jurors commending Mercedes’ design and technology for a beautiful car that is also powerful.  Taking the World Performance Car honor was the AMG GT beating out the BMW M4 Coupe and Jaguar F-Type R Coupe with over 500-hp from the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine.

Although not available in the U.S. the Citroen C4 Cactus beat out the Mercedes C-Class and the Volvo XC90 for the World Car Design of the Year Award, intended to honor new vehicles that exhibit innovation and style that push established boundaries.

The highly anticipated BMW i8 won the 2015 World Green Car of the Year Award over the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf GTE. WCOTY Green experts stated, “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.”

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