World Car Of The Year Competition Narrows As Finalists Are Announced

The countdown to the World Car of the Year Awards continues as the organization has revealed this year’s finalists.

In the title category of World Car of the Year, the panel of 82 automotive journalists will choose from six crossovers and four cars. Candidates include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW X3, Kia Stinger, Land Rover Discovery, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Leaf, Range Rover Velar, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen T-Roc, and Volvo XC60.

Another closely watched category is the battle for the World Luxury Car title. This year’s competitors include the Audi A8, BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo, Lexus LS, Porsche Cayenne, and Porsche Panamera.

Performance enthusiasts will definitely be interested in the outcome of the World Performance Car competition which pits the BMW M5 against models such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi RS 3 Sedan, Honda Civic Type R, and Lexus LC 500.

Electrification has taken over the automotive industry and a number of companies want to take home the World Green Car award. Only four models are in contention at this stage and they include the BMW 530e iPerformance, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and the Nissan Leaf.

The World Urban Car category isn’t the most exciting – or global really – but it will see the Ford Fiesta battle the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, and Volkswagen Polo.

Lastly, the World Car Design of the Year award will go to one of five models that were selected by a panel of experts such as Gordon Murray. The vehicles include the Citroen C3 Aircross, Lexus LC 500, Range Rover Velar, Renault Alpine A110, and Volvo XC 60.

The field of finalists will be narrowed down even further at the Geneva Motor Show before the winners are announced at the New York Auto Show on March 28th.

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  • LWOAP

    No Tesla? My word, this comes as quite the surprise to me. How could they hold such a competition and not include the venerable Model 3? This must be some kind of a joke.

    S3XY! Your presence is required.

    • no25

      His response is required as well as an upvote to his own comment!

    • GT

      Probably needs to be in mass production first.

  • no25

    Lexus LC should win the performance one or design one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the M5 wins for performance since bland BMW always wins these things (even when they’re not that exciting)…smh :/
    I could see car of the year being the Toyota Camry or Mazda CX-5
    Audi A8 or Lexus LS will win luxury car.
    Nissan Leaf for the green car.
    Hyundai Kona will probably win the urban one.
    Just my guesses.

  • Nordschleife

    World car give it to the Stinger.
    Design of the year give it to the Lexus. The other categories I couldn’t care less.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think it should be Velar for car of the year, Audi A8 or Lexus LS for luxury, Guilia for performance, Pacifica Hybrid for electrification, Fiesta for urban, and the LC500 for design.

  • kachuks

    Stinger, Miata, XC60. Journos can pick what they want.

    That luxury title list is depressing.

  • TheBelltower

    Velar, obviously. Lots of crap on this list.

  • thunder bolt

    where are the Mustang and the AM DB11s?

  • Harry_Wild

    No Honda Accord nor CR-V!

  • My bet is either Giulia or the Stinger, both has been quite a success for each brands.

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