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
Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder
Hyundai Genesis G80
SsangYong Tivoli Air / XLV
World Luxury / Performance Car 2017
Audi R8 Spyder
BMW 5 Series
Hyundai Genesis G90
Porsche Boxster Cayman
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Volvo S90 / V90
World Urban Car 2017
BMW i3 (94 Ah)
Citroën C3 Citroën E-MEHARI
Smart Brabus Range
World Green Car 2017
Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro
BMW 740e iPerformance
Hybrid Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Car
Kia Niro Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e (Plug-In Hybrid)
Tesla Model X
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.