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World Car Of The Year 2017 Launched In Paris

World Car Awards categories, contenders and timeline revealed.


The World Car Awards 2017 kicked-off at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016 and enables a jury of journalists to test and commend the best of the best. Vehicles compete within categories. These are; World Car of the Year, World Luxury / Performance Car, World Urban Car, World Green Car plus World Car Design of the Year.


Vehicles from countless classes compete. At the lower end, the Ford Ka represents the city class and costs between £8,995 and £11,995. The Bentley Bentayga, in contrast, is a sports-utility model that costs between £135,800 and £162,700. See below for a complete list. 

World Car of the Year 2017

Audi A5 / S5 Coupé

Audi Q2

Audi Q5

Buick LaCrosse

Buick Envision

Chevrolet Cruze

Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Genesis G80

Infiniti Q60

Jaguar F-PACE

Kia Cadenza

Kia Rio

Kia Sportage

Mazda CX-9

SEAT Ateca

Skoda Kodiaq

SsangYong Tivoli Air / XLV

Subaru Impreza

Toyota C-HR

Volkswagen Tiguan

World Luxury / Performance Car 2017

Audi R8 Spyder

BMW 5 Series

Bentley Bentayga

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac XT5

Honda/Acura NSX

Hyundai Genesis G90

Lexus LC500

Lincoln Continental

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-AMG Roadster

Porsche Boxster Cayman

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Volvo S90 / V90

World Urban Car 2017

BMW i3 (94 Ah)

Citroën C3 Citroën E-MEHARI

Ford KA+

Smart Brabus Range

Smart Cabriolet

Suzuki Baleno

Suzuki Ignis

World Green Car 2017

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

BMW 740e iPerformance

Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Malibu

Hybrid Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Car

Hyundai Ioniq

Kia Niro Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e (Plug-In Hybrid)

Tesla Model X

Toyota RAV4

Toyota Prius Prime

World Car Design Of The Year 2017

All World Car of the Year entries

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

How World Car Awards work

The jury incorporates 73 motoring journalists from across the globe. Represented countries include England, Australia, China, France, India, Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, Sweden and The United States of America. Members have now started deliberating and move to Los Angles in November to test American, Japanese, British and Korean candidates.

January 2017 is a milestone month as members vote for their favoured vehicles (in secret). The second round follows in February. At the Geneva International Motor Show – on March 7th 2017 – the final 3 in each category will be confirmed. Winners will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show on April 13th 2017.

World Car Awards 2016 winners

A wide range of cars earned plaudits last year. These were the:

  • Mazda MX-5: World Car of the Year;
  • BMW 7 Series: World Luxury Car;
  • Audi R8 Coupé: World Performance Car;
  • Mazda MX-5: World Car Design of the Year;
  • Toyota Mirai (Hydrogen Fuel Cell): World Green Car.