Overnight the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was declared the 2015 World Car of Year by a jury of 75 motoring journalists from around the world.

The popular C-Class beat out competition from its fellow finalists, the Ford Mustang and European Volkswagen Passat. According to the jury, the C-Class won by virtue of "taking its design and technological cues from the S-Class ... [employing] an all-new aluminium/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class".

Winners were also announced in the other World Car of the Year categories. It was a good year for Mercedes-Benz, with the three-pointed star picking up three gongs, including the main award.

The BMW i8 was declared as the World Green Car of the Year, ahead of the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid. So far the i8 has exceeded its sales expectations, with production increased several times to meet demand. The BMW i8 features a 266kW/570Nm plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which mates a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine to an electric motor.

Taking away the Design of the Year award was the Citroen C4 Cactus, ahead of the second-generation Volvo XC90 and the overall winner, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The company claims that it has so far sold 60,000 C4 Cactuses across Europe since its launch.

Claiming this year's title as World Performance Car of the Year was the Mercedes-AMG GT. The two-seat GT took the prize ahead of BMW's M3 and M4 twins, as well as the Jaguar F-Type R.

Rounding Daimler's trio of wins was the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, which picked up the title of 2015 World Luxury Car of the Year. It bested the final two competitors in the category, the BMW i8 and Range Rover Autobiography Black LWB.