2014 World Car of the Year: list whittled down to 12 finalists

The journalist judges on the 2014 World Car of the Year panel have whittled down the list of cars for voting in this year’s awards to 12.


There are 69 judges from across the world, including Australians Paul Gover and Joshua Dowling, both from News Limited. The winner of this year’s World Car of the Year Award, as well as the associated World Car Design of the Year, World Performance Car, World Luxury Car and World Green Car awards will be announced at an event preceding this year’s New York Auto Show.

The 10 cars that have failed to make the cut for voting this year’s World Car of the Year award are the:

  1. Acura MDX
  2. BMW 2-Series
  3. Chevrolet Impala
  4. Ford EcoSport
  5. Hyundai i10
  6. Kia Soul
  7. Opel Cascada
  8. Subaru Forester
  9. Toyota Corolla
  10. Toyota RAV4

Finalists in the race for the World Car Design of the Year title are the BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Lexus IS, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XLR1.

The World Performance Car of the Year finalists list includes the Alfa Romeo 4C, Audi RS6 Avant, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ford Fiesta ST, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 Turbo and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

While the Bentley Flying Spur, BMW X5, Cadillac ELR, Cadillac Escalade, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte,
Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Sport and Rolls-Royce Wraith are all eligible for the World Luxury Car of the Year gong.

Lastly, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (+ Audi e-gas), BMW i3, Honda Accord Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volkswagen XL1 are in the running for the World Green Car of the Year award.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]