WCOTY 2018

The World Car of the Year jury has spo­ken

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WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR Volvo’s mid-size lux­ury SUV XC60 im­pressed the 82-mem­ber jury with its de­sign, fea­tures and safety to clinch the award over other nom­i­nees. It also was awarded the North Amer­i­can Util­ity of the Year and Euro­pean Car of the Year, in sep­a­rate award func­tions pre­vi­ously. No­tably, Volvo pres­i­dent and CEO, Håkan Sa­muels­son, was also re­cently named World Car Per­son of the Year by the same com­mit­tee. The other top two fi­nal­ists this year were the Mazda CX-5 and the Range Rover Ve­lar.

WORLD LUX­URY CAR Audi’s flag­ship A8 brought home the brand’s ninth vic­tory at the World Car Awards. This cat­e­gory was started in 2014 to recog­nise higher priced pre­mium mod­els. The jury as­sessed the ap­peal, com­fort, driv­ing per­for­mance, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tion, mar­ket rel­e­vance and price-per­for­mance ra­tio. The tech-packed A8 boasts of in­no­va­tive touch con­trols with hap­tic feed­back, a choice of hy­brid pow­er­train and over 40 driver as­sis­tance sys­tems. The other top two were the Cayenne and Panam­era from Porsche.

WORLD GREEN CAR The se­cond-gen­er­a­tion Nis­san Leaf took home the World Green Car award. Ju­rors con­sid­ered the use of ad­vanced power plant tech­nol­ogy and the over­all en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing tailpipe emis­sions and con­sump­tion fig­ures. With a 40kWh bat­tery and EPA-es­ti­mated range of 240km, the Leaf was cho­sen over the BMW 530e and Chrysler

Paci­fica Hy­brid in the top three. This cat­e­gory came into be­ing in 2016 and the Leaf is the first all-elec­tric ve­hi­cle to win the ti­tle.

WORLD CAR DE­SIGN OF THE YEAR It’s hard to dis­agree with the jury’s de­ci­sion to award World Car De­sign of the Year to the Range Rover Ve­lar. Gerry McGovern, chief de­sign of­fi­cer at Land Rover, calls the Ve­lar an ex­er­cise in re­duc­tion­ism. This phi­los­o­phy em­pha­sises a bare-bones ap­proach to de­sign, with per­fect pro­por­tions and pure lines, while the modernist ap­proach speaks for a nat­u­ral in­te­gra­tion of ma­te­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy. The Ve­lar beat out the Lexus LC500 and the Volvo XC60 for the ti­tle of the most beau­ti­ful car in the world.

WORLD PER­FOR­MANCE CAR This win for the BMW M5 is the first per­for­mance award for BMW and sev­enth World Car award over­all. Can­di­dates for the award had to pro­duced in num­bers over 2,000 units per year, be overtly per­for­mance fo­cused and be avail­able on at least two con­ti­nents. Swing­ing votes in the M5’s favour were prob­a­bly its 4.4-litre V8 with 600bhp and 750Nm torque and M-spe­cific all-wheel drive with rear-wheel drive only ca­pa­bil­ity. The M5 was cho­sen over the Honda Civic Type-R and Lexus LC500.

WORLD UR­BAN CAR OF THE YEAR The VW Polo ap­pealed to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, who were judg­ing ve­hi­cles es­pe­cially suited for use in heavy traf­fic ar­eas of ci­ties. The new MQB-plat­form based Polo is one of the most ad­vanced small cars avail­able, with a com­pre­hen­sive suite of driver as­sis­tance tech like the City Emer­gency Brak­ing and Pedes­trian Mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems. The Polo was up against com­pe­ti­tion like the Suzuki Swift and Ford Fi­esta, which made up the top three.

Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, cel­e­brates the World Car De­sign of the Year award for the Ve­lar

Filip Brabec, vice pres­i­dent, prod­uct man­age­ment, Audi North Amer­ica, was on hand to re­ceive the World Lux­ury Car award

Dan Mohnke, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, sales and mar­ket­ing, Nis­san Amer­ica, ac­cepts the World Green Car award

An­ders Gustaffson, CEO of Volvo US, re­ceives the cov­eted World Car of the Year award at the cer­e­mony held at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show 2018

Spe­cial night in the Big Ap­ple for all the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the win­ning man­u­fac­tur­ers and the jury mem­bers, made up of ex­pe­ri­enced au­to­mo­bile jour­nal­ists from across the globe

Trudy Hardy, vice pres­i­dent, mar­ket­ing, BMW of North Amer­ica, speaks on the oc­ca­sion of the World Per­for­mance Car award

Klaus Bischoff, head of de­sign, Volk­swa­gen re­ceives the award for the World Ur­ban Car of the Year

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