World Car nom­i­nees

Half a dozen Korean mod­els listed for global top ve­hi­cle and de­sign awards

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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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.

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