Audi A3 Named 2014 World Car of the Year in New York

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The Audi A3 has proven today that a compact premium product is more than just downgrading and downsizing by winning the prestigious World Car of the Year award on the second press day of the New York Auto Show. At the Big Apple event, 69 journalists from 22 countries voted on a number of criteria, picking the A3 from 23 other contenders.
Built on the same MQB platform as the new VW Golf, which won the Car of the Year title in 2013, the A3 is available in four body styles – 3-door, 5-door, sedan and cabriolet. There are also S3 hot versions of all these cars. An RS3 with 367 hp is also coming next year to act as a flagship.

There's obviously plenty to like and plenty to choose from, but our favorite feature of the A3 is the wide range of powertrain, probably the biggest in the world right now. In Europe, you can buy it with TFSI gasoline and TDI diesel engines, natural gas g-tron and a plug-in hybrid called e-tron. You can mate those engines with either manuals or 6- and 7-speed S tronic automatics, plus about half the engines are available with quattro.

Clearly elated with the news, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, had this to say about the award: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year. The Audi 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."
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