At a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced yesterday.
The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
World Car of the Year
From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of finalists, the top three contenders for the overall 2014 World Car of the Year title have been revealed (in alphabetical order by manufacturer):
BMW 4 Series
Live pics of the Alpina B4 Convertible from its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) [Official Thread] has made its world public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in 435i M Sport form.
The 435i Gran Coupe starts in the U.S. at $46,725 ($925 destination & handling included) and will arrive at dealers in the early Summer. A 435i xDrive model will become available later in 2014.
North Americans will have a chance to see the 4 Series Gran Coupe for the first time at the upcoming NY International Auto Show next month.
Video from BMW providing an overview and general look at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show BMW exhibit, with a focus on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer, both of which are making their world debuts at the show.
4 Series Gran Coupe Official Thread
2 Series Active Tourer Official Thread
Check out this beautiful Estoril Blue BMW 4 Series 428i with M Performance Parts.
2014 428i M sport Estoril Blue II:
M Performance 405M 20″ wheel set
M Sports brake
M Performance exhaust (for 28i)
M Performance carbon splitter
M Performance carbon spoiler
M Performance carbon mirror cap
AC schnitzer power kit (294HP)
AFE momentum PRO5R intake
M Performance side decal (upcoming)
M Performance rear diffuser (back order)
One of our 435i xDrive owners has detailed his experience from some recent quarter mile runs:
I had been looking for some official 1/4 mile times on the car and I just haven’t seen anything reliable. I went today to see what the car would do with me driving it.
Car has 3100 miles and is an 8 speed auto. I had never used or tried launch control so I only got it to work on my last of 4 runs. It was my best time but barely. I didn’t give it any more runs to learn the track so maybe it would have gone slightly faster I don’t know.
1st run (not showing slip in photo)
13.33@104 … CONTINUED
CAR Magazine reviews the BMW 435i coupe against the Audi S5 and Mercedes E400. Check out the comparison review inside.
The other day I was at the BMW Welt and was kind of shocked to see the new 4er vert on display. Not only that, but there was a lot of interest in how the top folded up and down. I made two videos.
The car that was on display was a 428i Luxury. Enjoy the pics!