A new category has been added for 2017, that of World Urban Car.

Toronto, Canada - With the announcement of the finalists in six award categories, the 13th annual World Car of the Year programme shifts up a gear - and becomes a lot more public.

The World Car of the Year is adjudicated by a panel of 75 distinguished international motoring journalists from 24 countries, including South Africa's Hannes Oosthuizen.  

World Car Awards 2017 was launched at the Paris motor show on 29 September 2016, followed by five days of test drives in California after the Los Angeles auto show. The next step will be at the Geneva motor show on 7 March when the top three finalists in each categories will be announced, before the winners are revealed at the New York auto show on 13 April.

AND THE FINALISTS (In alphabetical order) ARE…

Audi A5 / S5 Coupé
Audi Q2 
Audi Q5
Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder
Honda Civic
Jaguar F-Pace
Mazda CX-9
Skoda Kodiaq
Toyota C-HR
Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2017 World Luxury Car will be chosen from one of these top five finalists:

Bentley Bentayga

BMW 5 Series

Genesis G90

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Volvo S90 / V90

The 2017 World Performance Car top five finalists are:

Aston Martin DB11

Audi R8 Spyder

Honda / Acura NSX

McLaren 570s

Porsche Boxster Cayman

The 2017 World Green Car top five are:

Chevrolet Bolt

Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Car

Hyundai Ioniq

  1. Tesla Model X

Toyota Prius Prime

The 2017 World Urban Car top five are:

BMW i3 (94 Ah)

Citroen C3

Ford Ka+

Smart Cabriolet

Suzuki Ignis

World Car Design of the Year

This award is different; the finalist were chosen by a design panel of six design experts - Japanese freelance design journalist Masatsugu Arimoto, Dassault Systemes vice-president for design Anne Asensio, Gernot Bracht of the Pforzheim Design School in Germany, Strategy Committee chairman Patrick le Quément of the Sustainable Design School in Nice, car design researcher Sam Livingstone of the Royal College of Art in London and Tom Matano of the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

These are the five finalists they put forward for the jurors as being of outstanding design merit (feel free to disagree - we did):

Audi A5 / S5 Coupé

Jaguar F-Pace

Mazda CX-9

Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

Toyota C-HR

Read more about World Car of the Year here.

IOL Motoring

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