The top auto maker is gaining the ground it lost to Audi in the past couple of years, with 3 top honored vehicles in the show.

The new Mercedes C-Class took top prize as the 2015 World Car of the Year, beating out the Ford Mustang and the Volkswagen Passat.

The new S-Class received the World Luxury Car of the Year, beating out too many entries to keep this report small. Audi, BMW, Rolls Royce… you get the idea.

The new Mercedes AMG GT, which is based on the old SLS, took top honors in the World Performance Car of the Year.

Other honorable mentions are the fantastic BMW i8, which is an Electric Vehicle. It won the Green Car of the Year. The i8 routinely proves that electric and sporty can go together. Who knows what those crafty Germans have done with battery life, because the i8 is reported by gearheads.org to have better range than a Tesla. No concrete numbers have been released, though.

As a Mercedes fanboy, I am not surprised by these awards. Mercedes took a bad hit in quality in the early 2000s, when they made the terrible decision to go with quantity of sales not quality. Since then, the brand has  pushed back to the quality that gives Mercedes credibility as an exclusive-type vehicle. Mercedes now has a quality line of cars, some of which are very affordable (such as the CLA), and have closed the gap between them and Audi. Expect for more awards for Mercedes throughout the year.