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Monday, 13 February 2017
The road to the world Car of the year gets closer as the finalists are announced.
The Road to the World Carcontinues with today’s announcement of the finalists in six award categories.
This release kicks off the countdown for the 2017 World Car Awards (WCA) prize-giving ceremony to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Winners of the 2017 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, World Car Design of the Year and the inaugural World Urban Car will all be declared at this time.
2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.
The Global Trends Report, presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, will also be announced during the New York show press conference and media breakfast hosted by Bridgestone Corporation. The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months.
A jury of 75 distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation with each candidate as part of their professional work. For more details about our jurors and their outlets, please visit our web site: www.wcoty.com and click < Jurors.
The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots; then announced the finalists today.
The 2017 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following 10 finalists listed in alphabetical order.
Audi A5 / S5 Coupé
Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder
The 2017 World Luxury Car will be chosen from one of these top five finalists:
BMW 5 Series
Volvo S90 / V90
The 2017 World Performance Car top five finalists are:
Aston Martin DB11
Audi R8 Spyder
Honda / Acura NSX
Porsche Boxster Cayman
The 2017 World Green Car top five are:
Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Car
Tesla Model X
Toyota Prius Prime
The 2017 World Urban Car top five are:
BMW i3 (94 Ah)
Cars eligible for the 2017 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates or may be included as a stand-alone entry provided the vehicle is available in quantities of at least 10 in one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2017. Candidates may be pre-production or all-new production.
A design panel consisting of six highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors.
The design experts are in alpha order: Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist), Anne Asensio (Vice-President, Design - Dassault Systemes), Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School), Patrick le Quément (Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School), Sam Livingstone (U.K. - Car Design Research and Royal College of Art) and Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)
The five finalists chosen for the jurors are:
Audi A5 / S5 Coupé
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
The Road to the World Car began in Paris on September 29, was followed by a five day stop in Los Angeles for test-drives in November, and continues with today’s finalists’ announcement. The next stop is at the Geneva International Auto Show on Tuesday, March 7 when the top three finalists in all categories will be announced. The journey ends at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 13, 2017 when all winners are declared.
The World Car Awards is more than just an awards program. World Car has a dual mission of celebrating the best of today and inspiring the best of tomorrow with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale. Our community of experts connects, influences and ultimately tells the stories of the cars, their technologies and their role in our world. This important connection is also how we seek to drive innovation
As the global nature of the industry continues to strengthen, and the pace of innovation continues to accelerate, World Car is proud to be a part of this amazing journey along with the New York International Auto Show, Prime Research, Autoneum, Brembo S.p.A, Bridgestone Corporation, KPMG and Newspress – our official media partner.