The journey to the World Car of the Year awards is entering its home stretch as the organization has revealed this year’s three finalists at the Geneva Motor Show.
In the title category of World Car of the Year, the panel of 82 automotive journalists will have to choose between the Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60. It’ll likely be a close race but the XC60 might have an edge as it was recently named the 2018 North American Utility of the Year.
The World Performance Car award will go to the BMW M5, Honda Civic Type R or Lexus LC 500. The M5 has the competition beat in terms of horsepower but the jury could be swayed by the relatively affordable Civic Type R.
Speaking of affordable models, the World Urban Car award will go to the Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift or Volkswagen Polo. Likewise, the BMW 530e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Nissan Leaf will be named the 2018 World Green Car.
The final category is World Car Design of the Year and it appears to be a bit of a tossup as choices include the Lexus LC 500, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60. All are extremely stylish but it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Velar walked away with the win.
The winners will be announced at the New York Auto Show on March 28th but, in the meantime, let us know who you think should win.