We had brought to you the nominations of the 2012 World Car Awards from Geneva Motor Show. And with the 2012 New York Auto Show going on full throttle, the winners of 2012 World Car Awards were announced by Bridgestone Corporation.
German wizards swept three out of four awards with the Porsche 911 winning best performance car award. Four categories of nominations included, world car of the year, world performance car of the year, world green car of the year and world design car of the year. The jury comprised of 64 top-level automotive journalists from 25 countries around the world.
Volkswagen UP! citycar nabbed the 2012 World Car of the year award, beating 34 contenders including, the BMW 3-Series and Porsche 911. The car is claimed to have carved a new way for city cars with ground breaking performance, amazing handling, sophisticated suspension and premium quality interior.
Another German to sizzle the New York morning was the Porsche 911 that bagged the award for World Performance car of the Year, thrashing the 700 hp Italian Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and McLaren MP4-12C. The 991 is regarded as the best from Porsche 911 series yet.
The following German changed the game taking top honors for the World Green car competing against 23 cars including, the Ford Focus Electric and Peugeot 308 Hybrid. The luxurious Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY boasted its clean burning diesel engine, for being the world’s most fuel-efficient luxury sedan. With an remarkable 149g/km of CO2 emission figure, the 250 CDI is the first four-cylinder S-Class produced in a 60-years.
The only non-German car to win the World Car Award was the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which the jury rewarded as the World Car Design of the Year. This does not come as a surprise looking at the tremendous attention the baby Range Rover gained since the beginning of Geneva Motor Show. The British utility vehicle was competing amongst 46 vehicles in this category, including the Volkswagen UP! and Citroen DS5. It was praised as the ‘contemporary automotive design masterpiece’.