World Car nominees
Half a dozen Korean models listed for global top vehicle and design awards
ORGANISERS of the annual World Car Awards have released the nominations for the best cars.
The nominations were based on Prime Research’s 2016 media report.
Now entering its 13th year, the annual awards were inaugurated in 2003 to reflect realities in the global marketplace, as well as to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programmes.
The cars on the lists are tested by 73 international motoring reporters who will vote for their favourites in a secret ballot in January.
A slew of crossovers appear in the list, with the Audi Q2, Mazda CX9, Toyota C-HR and Volkswagen Tiguan all looking good, but the real surprises come from the Korean stables, with the SsangYong Tivoli and Kia Sportage competing against the usual names, while the Hyundai Elantra sets new benchmarks for sedans.
In the Urban Car category, the Suzuki has two affordable models which will make their way to SA and the new Toyota Prius Prime has addressed all the issues green petrolheads had with this first hybrid car. But on paper, it looks like the new Chevrolet Bolt will nevertheless trump the venerable Prius and even the Telsa X in terms of affordable, ecofriendly driving. In the notable absence of the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R on the lists, our money at Wheels has to be on the Audi R8, which deserves a win as the first affordable supercar that is equally comfortable on the school run as it is around the track.
The jurors’ evaluations of the World Car of 2016 nominees can be seen on www.wcoty.com.
With the new Nissan GT-R shining in its absence among the World Car 2016 nominees, our money is on the Audi R8 to claim an overall win.