Can­di­dates an­nounced

Eyethu Baywatch - - MOTORING • EZEZIMOTO -

AN ex­ten­sive list of can­di­dates for the 2019 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) has been an­nounced.

As many as 35 can­di­dates (some of which have yet to of­fi­cially launch) in the main WCOTY cat­e­gory have been listed, rang­ing from the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Audi A1 and yet-to-bere­vealed BMW 3 Series, to the box-fresh Suzuki Jimny and fifth-gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota RAV4.

Five ve­hi­cles – the Audi A7, Audi Q8, BMW 8 Series, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volk­swa­gen Touareg – have been short­listed for the World Lux­ury Award, with five more (As­ton Martin Van­tage, BMW M2 Com­pe­ti­tion, Hyundai Veloster N, Kia Ceed GT and McLaren 720S) in the run­ning for the World Per­for­mance Car ti­tle.

There are as many as 11 el­i­gi­ble ve­hi­cles in the World Green Car cat­e­gory, while the World Ur­ban Car seg­ment con­tains five con­tenders, each of which also fea­tures in the World Car of the Year cat­e­gory.

Ve­hi­cles in the run­ning for the World Car De­sign award in­clude those el­i­gi­ble for any of the other World Car awards. They are au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered.

The com­plete list of can­di­dates can be viewed on the Au­todealer Zu­l­u­land Face­book page as well as on au­todealer.co.za.

An­ders Gustafs­son, Volvo Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Amer­ica, re­ceived the WCOTY tro­phy ear­lier this year af­ter the XC60 won the main award in March

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