The Audi A3, BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3 will battle it out for the 2014 World Car of the Year crown.
The German and Japanese trio has been handpicked from an initial list of 28 that was announced in November and shortlisted to 12 last month, with the likes of the BMW i3, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS and Skoda Octavia failing to make the final cut.
Finalists have also been announced for the four sub-categories.
The i3 and Mazda 3 reappear in the World Car Design of the Year final, joined by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
A total of 69 journalists from 22 countries will vote on the five Car of the Year categories in the coming weeks. The winners will be announced at the New York auto show on April 17.