The Audi A6 midsize sedan had won the inaugural World Coty title in 2005.
The third generation of the A3 bested 23 other cars. It was voted by an international jury comprising 69 automotive journalists coming from 22 countries.
“The Audi A6 was the first 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,” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management at Audi AG. “The A3 showcases Audi’s technical competence in all aspects of carmaking, not least in the areas of lightweight technology, drive train, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems.”
The present A3 is available in Sportback, Cabriolet and Sedan. It is powered by a range of TFSI gasoline and TDI diesel engines. The A3 Sportback can also be ordered as a g-tron, which can be operated using e-gas generated by Audi, natural gas, or gasoline.
Later this year, the A3 Sportback will also be available as an e-tron, whose plug-in hybrid drive enables a 50-kilometer range in all-electric mode.
The A3 has a 16-year record of success. In 1996 its first generation established a new market segment—the premium compact class. With its second generation in 2003, Audi extended its lead with the addition of an A3 Cabriolet to the three-door and Sportback body styles.
With the A3’s win, Audi has maintained its position as the manufacturer with the most World Coty titles. It has previously won three World Performance Car titles for the 2007 RS4, 2008 R8 and 2010 R8 V10; two World Car Design of the Year titles with the TT and R8; and the inaugural World Coty title with the 2005 A6.