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The W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been declared the first ever China Car of the Year by the Chief Editors’ Club, a group comprising 10 editors-in-chief from some of China’s top motoring publications. The China Car Awards were presented at a ceremony during the just-concluded Guangzhou Auto Show.

On hand to receive the prize was Mercedes-Benz China CEO Nicholas Speeks, who stated that “the decision reaffirms the model’s stature and position in China, its top market worldwide.”

The luxury sedan beat 53 other hopefuls to the 2014 China COTY title with a total of 94 points, ahead of the Range Rover (53 points) and the Chang’an Ford Mondeo (43 points).

To be eligible for the awards, the candidates must be on sale in China during the period beginning October 1, 2012 and ending September 30, 2013.

The jurors observed that “there’s no other car like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class: it’s not only setting the benchmark for the industry, but it also embodies the peak of modern cars in this era.”

Elsewhere, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid bagged China Green Car of the Year, while the China Design Car of the Year was won by the Chang’an PSA DS5. The title of China Performance Car of the Year went to the Porsche 918 Spyder. Click here to see the full China Car Awards results.