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Audi A3 recieves '2014 Car of the Year' award at New York Auto Show

Snapshot: A jury of 69 automotive journalists awarded Audi A3 as 2014 Car of the Year among 23 other cars at New york Auto Show

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In what has proved to be a watershed development for Audi, it has managed to get the credibility of '2014 Car of the Year' award at the ongoing New York Motor Show. A jury of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries across the world selected the A3 above twenty three other cars including some fine competitors like the BMW 4-Series, BMW i3, Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford Fusion, Infiniti Q50, Jeep Cherokee, Lexus IS and Skoda Octavia.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year. The Audi A3 showcases Audi’s technical competence in all aspects of carmaking, not least in the areas of lightweight technology, drivetrain, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems. This major award win is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate”.

The Audi A3 is the premium compact car from the German automaker sits on the Volkswagen's MQB platform. The current A3 is in its 3rd generation that has been on offering in three body styles- 3 door Sportback, Cabriolet and sedan, and is due to reach the Indian shores around September this year. Aesthetically, the A3 looks slightly downsized, compared to its elder sibling, the A4, and shares a common design language with it.

The India-bound model will get powered with 2.0-litre TDI powertrain and 1.4-litre TSI engine with front wheel drive layout. Transmission duty is likely to be a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The A3 sedan will compete with the Mercedes Benz A-Class, BMW 1-Series and the Volvo V40 in India.

Undoubtedly, in our sedan-oriented market the A3 sedan will live with a great advantage over its aforementioned contenders due to being the only compact car with a sedan body style in premium cars world.

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