April 7, 2015
Mercedes-Benz was a big winner at this year’s World Car Awards. The German automaker snagged three awards, including 2015 World Car of the Year for its C-Class sedan series.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz’s S-Coupe was named World Luxury Car of the Year and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT won World Performance Car of the Year honors.
The award winners were announced at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show. Judges for the World Car Awards cited an all-new aluminum/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains—as well as other technological features modeled after the successful S-Class—as decisive factors in the win for the C-Class.
Speaking on behalf of Mercedes-Benz, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said the company was “extremely delighted” about the award.
“The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the premium medium-size category,” said Zetsche. “It embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury made by Mercedes-Benz to be and has all the prerequisites to be a huge success.”
To determine the winner of the World Car of the Year award, a panel of 75 auto journalists from 22 countries assessed 24 vehicles. The list was halved until three finalists were selected. Ultimately, the C-Class prevailed over the Ford Mustang and Volkswagen Passat for the World Car of the Year title.
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