The Audi A3 has been declared the 2014 World Car of the Year at the ongoing NYIAS. The premium small car was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles, then a short list of 12, then three finalists, the other two being the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3.

The other 2014 World Car Awards winners are the Mercedes S-Class (World Luxury Car), Porsche 911 GT3 (World Performance Car), BMW i3 (World Car Design and World Green Car).

Of the Audi A3, the jurors said: “It might borrow styling hints from its bigger brothers, but the A3 still offers classic, chiseled contours and even better interior trim levels. With a superb choice of engines and four body styles, the A3 range packs a hefty premium punch in the small luxury segment.

“Audi should be complimented for making this A3 ride like no other A3. All the old shimmer over rough surfaces has gone, replaced by a silky smooth ride that approaches limousine quality.”

Audi is no stranger to the World Car Awards, having in its bag the inaugural 2005 World Car of the Year title (Audi A6), three World Performance Car titles in 2007 (Audi RS 4), 2008 (Audi R8) and 2010 (Audi R8 V10), plus two World Car Design of the Year titles in 2007 (Audi TT) and 2008 (Audi R8).

The Audi A3 Sedan is expected to hit the Malaysian scene sometime in June.