Mercedes-Benz S-Class won its first World Car of the Year title. Not the usual one, but the less ubiquitous 2014 Women’s World Car of the Year version.
The Luxury car segment was hard-fought. Just one-tenth of a point separated the S-Class from the Audi A8 as the top two in the category. The top three cars overall were the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and Tesla Model S in that order.
Sandy Myhre, Founder of Women’s World Car of the Year, says women motoring writers are well-informed about the industry and discerning about the cars they drive. “There was considerable discussion among the judges earlier this year about our voting format and cars on the short list. The winning car companies can be justifiably proud of their achievement because it is very hard to get on the short list and to win a category, let alone the supreme trophy.”
Judges vote on ten different criteria which remain the same in each category. As expected, elements such as design and function, style and appeal, comfort, storage and drive quality were included. Other elements considered in the voting procedure (and ones that aren’t always found in other car awards) include the ‘wow’ factor, sex appeal and value-for-money, all of which the judges felt to be important to women car buyers. The supreme winner is the car that wins its particular category and collects the most overall points.