Did these cars deserve to win?
The second day of the New York Auto Show kicked off with a bang as the World Car of the Year awards were handed out. The overall winner and the World Car of the Year award is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Japanese sports car beat out the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Audi A4 to grab the win. Judges commended the Miata for its low weight, driving abilities and for staying true to its roots. Other cars in the running included the Subaru Levorg, Skoda Superb and Renault Kadjar, which are all cars we don't get in the US.
The performance category, which included the likes of the Honda Civic Type R and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe was won by the magnificent Audi R8. Judges praised the supercar's distinguished design and similarity to its hardcore racing variant. The World Luxury Car of the Year was most likely the hardest choice for the judges as all three cars received worldwide acclaim. In the end, the BMW 7-Series edged out the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, with judges praising the luxury sedan's technical aspects, as well as its driving dynamics.
The Toyota Mirai won the award for the World Green Car of the Year, beating out the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius for the award. According to the judges, the fuel cell-equipped Mirai is changing the automotive industry, which is exactly what the Prius did when it came out. Lastly, the Mazda MX-5 Miata won the World Car Design of the Year, beating out the Jaguar XE and Mazda CX-3. That's right, the sports car won two awards, which proves that the answer is in fact always Miata.