World Car of the Year 2018

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Range Rover Velar

Car manufacturers across the globe are on tenterhooks as the 2018 World Car of the Year finalists are announced…

The 2018 World Car of the Year trophy will be won by the Range Rover Velar, Mazda CX-5 or Volvo XC60. The British, Japanese and Swedish firms have won enough votes from 80-plus jurors (including Steve Fowler and Mike Rutherford of Auto Express) to make it through the WCOTY final being staged at the New York International Auto Show on March 28.

Unusually, this year a German company is not in the running for that WCOTY crown which is independently ranked as the number one automotive award on the planet.

But the Volkswagen Polo could clinch the World Urban Car trophy ahead of the Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Swift. And the Germans are guaranteed a gong in the World Luxury Car category thanks to the Audi A8, Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera winning more votes than their rival models from around the globe.

Japan dominates the World Performance Car class with the Honda Civic Type R and Lexus LC 500. But the BMW M5 is in with a shout, too. The World Green Car Top 3 comprises the BMW 530e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Nissan Leaf.

Battling it out for the coveted World Car Design of the Year trophy are the Lexus LC 500, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60.

World car person of the Year 2018

While we’ll have to wait until the New York Motor Show for the World Car of the Year award winners, one award has already been dished out. Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group, has been named as the first ever ‘World Car Person of the Year’.

On presenting the award, the World Car of the Year judges said: “When deciding who should win our inaugural World Car Person of the Year award, we weren’t concerned about the age, nationality or job title of the man or woman concerned. We simply wanted to identify the very best individual in the industry. And we think – in fact we know – that we’ve found that person.

“He’s someone who – against the odds – has successfully integrated his relatively small company into an automotive empire based on another continent. And as a result of this unlikely but seemingly happy marriage, both sides have emerged considerably stronger.”

2018 World Car of the Year finalists

• Mazda CX-5
• Range Rover Velar
• Volvo XC60

Along with the overall WCOTY prize, there are five other awards categories with five finalists in each category. Details of each can be found below… 

World Urban Car

Ford Fiesta - front

The Ford Fiesta was the best selling car in the UK last year and is still in the running for the World Urban Car of the Year crown. Whether it’s good enough for the WCA judging panel is yet to be determined, as the Volkswagen Polo or Suzuki Swift might persuade the judges otherwise.

• Ford Fiesta
• Suzuki Swift
• Volkswagen Polo

World Luxury Car

Best luxury cars - Audi A8

The Germans dominate the luxury car award with the highly coveted Audi A8 executive saloon, the PorschePanamera and the Porsche Cayenne SUV all in the running.

• Audi A8
• Porsche Cayenne
• Porsche Panamera

World Performance Car

UK Honda Civic Type R 2017 - front

The performance car category is one of the toughest on paper. Unsurprisingly the new BMW M5 has been nominated but it faces competition from the striking new Honda Civic Type R and the Lexus LC 500 coupe.

• BMW M5
• Honda Civic Type R
• Lexus LC 500

World Green Car

A to Z guide to electric cars - BMW 530e

Only three nominees are left on offer for the green car award, and these include one overall award nominee, the Nissan Leaf. It’s the only fully electric car the panel can choose and must be in with a good chance. Other nominees are the BMW530e iPerformanceplug-in hybrid and the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid which isn’t sold in the UK.

World Car Design of the Year

Lexus LC 500h - front

Two overall nominees will also do battle to determine which has the best design language. The Volvo XC60 and the popular Range Rover Velar have been pitted against the stunning Lexus LC.

• Lexus LC 500
• Range Rover Velar
• Volvo XC60

Source : autoexpress.co.uk

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