Following the announcement of 40 nominees in October last year, the 2019 World Cars Awards have progressed through various phases to the 10 Finalists being announced yesterday. The annual event is in its 15th year and will reach its conclusion New York International Auto Show on April 17 when the winners are officially declared.

The finalists are: Audi e-tron, BMW 3-Series, Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-PACE, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Suzuki Jimny, Volvo S60/V60 and Volvo XC40. As in previous years, the choice of finalists by an international jury of over 80 journalists and experts reflect the reality of the global marketplace. The awards recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.

Suzuki Jimny is the only Japanese contender among the 10 finalists this year.
The Audi A6 was the first World Car of the Year in 2005 and Audi has won the most awards (including category awards) in 15 years.

This year, Audi is being honoured as the car manufacturer that has won the most awards in the program’s 15-year history – nine to be exact (including category awards). The A6 won the inaugural World Car of the Year award in 2005 and last year, the A8 won the ‘World Luxury Car’ title.

German brands have won the most overall titles, with Volkswagen collecting four. Four Japanese models – the Lexus LS460, Mazda2, Nissan LEAF and Mazda MX-5 – have also won overall titles while Volvo, the sole Swedish brand, has collected one award.

Mazda is the only Japanese brand to have won two overall awards in 15 years.

Besides the overall WCOTY title, there are also 5 categories – World Urban Car, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car and World Green Car category, as well as a World Car Design of the Year award.

[Chips Yap]

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