Following a press conference hosted right at the New York Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was declared the overall winner of the "World Car Of The Year" competition in 2015. The C-Class received the award over 24 other vehicles; first short-listed to 12 and finally to just three finalists: the Ford Mustang, the Volkswagen Passat and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
"Taking its design and technological cues from the S-Class, the C-Class employs an all-new aluminum/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class." said the World Car Awards jurors about the model. Speaking of which, the international jury panel consisted of 75 car journalists from 22 countries around the world, and the World Car Awards program is now in its 11th year.

Mercedes-Benz also won the award for "World Luxury Car," for the S-Class Coupe, which was chosen over the BMW i8 and the Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB. The Mercedes-AMG GT was named "World Performance Car" after having been chosen over the BMW M3 Sedan/, M4 Coupe and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Mercedes-Benz pretty much stole the entire show, since the S500 Plug-in Hybrid came close to winning the "World Green Car" award, while the C-Class was also short-listed for the "World Car Design Of The Year" trophy.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes C-Class.

Why it matters

Based on the Mercedes-Benz MRA (Modular Rear-wheel-drive Architecture) platform, which uses a combination of aluminum and high-strength steel and weighs up to 220 pounds less than the previous generation, the new C-Class was bound to receive recognition. In fact, along with the current S-Class, the model is the most-awarded Mercedes-Benz in history. COTY (Car Of The Year) competitions, especially ones where the jury panels comprise car journalists, aren’t usually the most dependable or objective, but the C-Class should be well-worth the accolades no matter where they come from.

Mercedes C-Class

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Press Release

The journey on The Road to the World Car has ended with the declaration of the MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS as the 2015 World Car of the Year. The winner was announced during a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Named ‘World Car of the Year' In New York
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Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to the World Car Awards program – now in its 11th year. Mercedes-Benzpreviously won the inaugural 2014 World Luxury Car award for the S-Class. The company has also won two World Green Car awards: one for the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY in 2012 and for the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec in 2007.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of twelve, then three finalists: the Ford Mustang, the Volkswagen Passat, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, "The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the premium medium-size category. This is true for the new C-Class as well. It comes to the starting line with qualities usually reserved for higher-class automobiles – ecologically, technically and also with regard to comfort and driving pleasure. It embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury made by Mercedes-Benz to be and has all the prerequisites to be a huge success. Accordingly we are extremely delighted of winning the honour of WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR.”

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Named ‘World Car of the Year' In New York
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The World Car Awards jurors observed that, “Taking its design and technological cues from the S-Class, the C-Class employs an all-new aluminium/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class.”

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending May 31, 2015.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 75 top-level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Named ‘World Car of the Year' In New York
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Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Audi A3 (2014), the Volkswagen Golf (2013), the Volkswagen Up! (2012), the Nissan Leaf (2011), the Volkswagen Polo (2010, the Volkswagen Golf (2009), the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio (2008), the Lexus LS460 (2007), the BMW 3-Series (2006), and the Audi A6 (2005).

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