The New York International Auto Show will host the World Car Award 2017 ceremony on 13th April; the most prestigious prizes of the automotive industry across the globe. The World Car Awards (WCA) organisation has announced the contenders that will compete against each other within the six different categories (Best Car, Design, Luxury, High Performance, Urban and Green). The final shortlist has 35 names (some making it into more than one category). The German Audi-Wolkswagen is one of the strongest contenders with no less than four models within the ten finalists for Car of the Year. Here they will have to come face to face with the Japanese manufacturers (Honda, Mazda, Toyota), amongst others.
After this first crib the next big date will be the Geneva International Motor Show where a team of 75 jurors will select the top three cars in each category at a second round of voting before the final jury’s decision in April. All competing vehicles have to meet two conditions; being either new (or thoroughly updated) models and having been available at the ten biggest world market locations over the last year.
The shortlisting process
A name that seems to have captivated judges in the selection process is Audi. The German firm has positioned its A5/S5 Coupé, Q2 and Q5 series amongst the ten finalists. The A5/S5 Coupé series is also competing for the Best Design of the Year category. The Volkswagen Tiguan is also at this final stretch to be nominated Best Car of the Year together with the Audi R8 Spyder from the great German firm which also aspires to the Best Performance category title.
Another new model taking the show by storm is the CH-R hybrid from the Japanese Toyota, contending for Car of the Year and Best Design, together with the British Jaguar F-PACE and the Japanese Mazda CX-9. The Fiat7Abarth’s 124 Spyder, the Honda Civic (last of the Japanese aspirants for Car of the Year) and the Skoda Kodiaq are the other candidates for the top prize. In the other categories we find brands such as McLaren, Porsche, Bentley, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Tesla.
Which one is your favourite?