World Car of the Year finalists announced
The finalists for World Car of the Year have been announced.
The first edition of the WCOTY was held in 2005, with the Audi A6 of the year coming out on top. Since then the top gong has gone to a range of cars like the Mazda2 and the Nissan Leaf, and this year promises to be similarly inclusive.
The ten shortlisted models are: the Audi e-tron, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Suzuki Jimny, Volvo S60 (and the V60 wagon version), and the Volvo XC40.
There are a few interesting models there. Cars like the new 3 Series, Focus, and the Volvo siblings aren’t entirely surprising but WCOTY has given the nod to the hydrogen-powered Nexo, electric e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace. The e-tron and I-Pace should both dot down here this year while the Nexo hasn’t been confirmed for our market and, given the lack of hydrogen infrastructure, likely won’t make it here.
However, the real standout is the Suzuki Jimny. It scored just three ANCAP safety stars and doesn’t really push the envelope in terms of technology or style. It does, however, offer a large amount of fun in a diminutive and cheap package.
The WCOTY isn’t the only prize at the awards ceremony either. Check out the full list of finalists per category below.
Design of the Year
Citroen C5 Aircross
Jaguar E Pace
Jaguar I Pace
BMW 8 Series
Aston Martin Vantage
BMW M2 Competition
Hyundai Veloster N
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door coupe
Urban Car finalists
Green Car finalists
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro EV