Another 10 days to go before the 2018 World Car of the Year is announced at the New York International Auto Show. Over 30 models introduced in 2017 were nominated and three were selected as finalists for 6 categories, including the overall World Car of the Year award. The finalists in each of the categories were chosen by a jury of 82 international automotive journalists from 24 countries. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Awards’ Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.

In alphabetical order, these are the Top Three finalists in each category:

World Car of the Year
– Mazda CX-5
– Range Rover Velar
– Volvo XC60

World Performance Car
– BMW M5
– Honda Civic Type R
– Lexus LC 500

World Urban Car
– Ford Fiesta
– Suzuki Swift
– Volkswagen Polo

World Green Car
– BMW 530e iPerformance
– Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
– Nissan LEAF

World Luxury Car
– Audi A8
– Porsche Cayenne
– Porsche Panamera

World Car Design of the Year
– Lexus LC 500
– Range Rover Velar
– Volvo XC60

Going by the overall awards it has won – the 2017-2018 Japan Car of the Year and the 2018 North American SUV Car of the Year – the Volvo XC60 (above) looks like a strong contender for the overall title which was won by the Jaguar F-PACE last year.

Mazda models have won titles in this event too: in 2008, the Mazda2 was World Car of the Year while the MX-5 was chosen for the 2016 title. So the latest CX-5 could also stand a strong chance this year and bring the Japanese brand a third overall title.

If the latest CX-5 wins the title this year, it will be Mazda’s third model to be World Car of the Year, the other two being the MX-5 (2016) and Mazda2 (2008).

PREVIOUS WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2017 : Jaguar F-PACE | 2016: Mazda MX-5 | 2015: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2014: Audi A3 | 2013: Volkswagen Golf Mark 7 | 2012: Volkswagen Up!
2011: Nissan LEAF | 2010: Volkswagen Polo
2009: Volkswagen Golf Mark 6 | 2008: Mazda2
2007: Lexus LS460 | 2006: BMW 3-Series | 2005: Audi A6

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