TOP OF THE RANGES
AUDI, MERCEDES AND MAZDA HEADLINE THE 2016 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS, WRITES DAVID ZAISTEIN
Among the frenzy of super, hyper and mega cars revealed at last week’s Geneva motor show, the top three finalists for the 2016 World Car of the Year award — as well as contestants for the four key categories of World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year — were announced.
In the hunt for overall World Car of the Year bragging rights is an all-new trio made up of the ninth-generation Audi A4, fourthgeneration ND Mazda MX-5 and first Mercedes-benz GLC.
In the luxury stakes, it’s the secondgeneration Audi Q7, sixth-generation BMW 7 Series and second-gen Swedish powerhouse, the new Volvo XC90.
Accounting for front, rear and all-wheeldrive cars, the 2016 battle for World Performance Car will come down to the second-generation Audi R8, the new turbocharged fourth-generation-based Honda Civic Type R and the mighty twinturbocharged Mercedes-amg C63 Coupe.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Chevrolet Volt range-extender hybrid takes on the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai and “traditional” hybrid hero, the Toyota Prius, in the 2016 World Car Awards’ green car grudge match.
The source of much debate pre and postawards, for 2016, the World Car Design of the Year award will go to either the Jaguar XE, Mazda CX-3 or Mazda MX-5.
Regardless of what we humble onlookers may think, the winners will be announced on March 24, when a jury of 73 “distinguished international automotive journalists” present their final decisions at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
Which cars are you tipping will take home the silverware this year?
2016 Audi A4.
From the top: Mazda MX-5 roadster; Mercedes-benz GLC; Toyota's 4th generation Prius.