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