The Audi A7 Sportback has been declared the 2019 World Luxury Car at the New York International Auto Show, which opened today. This is the second consecutive World Luxury Car win for Audi as the A8 was last year’s winner in this category.
Today’s win marks the 10th time that Audi has won a World Car award in the awards' 15-year history. The company previously won the World Car of the Year title in 2014 (Audi A3) and the very first World Car of the Year award in 2005 (Audi A6). As of today, the German carmaker continues to hold the record for the most won World Car Awards.
“It is a great honour for Audi to win the ‘World Luxury Car’ award twice in a row,” says Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Member of the Board of Management of Audi Technical Development. “We are very proud of this award because it shows Audi’s ability to develop leading premium cars in various segments.”
This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of five cars from all over the world, then a shortlist of three finalists as announced in Geneva on March 5. The 2019 Top Three in the World finalists are the Audi A7, the Audi Q8 and the BMW 8 Series.
Previous World Luxury Car winners were the Audi A8 (2018), the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2017), the BMW 7 Series (2016), the Mercedes-Benz S Coupé (2015) and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014). The award was first created in 2014 to acknowledge higher-priced premium models selling in more limited numbers worldwide.
Vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 86 prominent automotive journalists from 24 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. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.
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