Which will be the Wocy?

Shortlists for World Car of the Year an­nounced

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - • al­wyn.viljoen@wit­ness.co.za

APART from all the new elec­tric con­cepts and even the odd fly­ing car, the Geneva auto show last week also de­liv­ered the three 2018 World Car of the Year fi­nal­ists.

The World Car of the Year ti­tle win­ner will be an­nounced at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show on the 28th of March 2018. Apart from the over­all WCOTY prize, there are five other awards:

World Car of the Year

• Mazda CX-5

• Range Rover Ve­lar

• Volvo XC60

The Ve­lar is the odds on favourite, but both the CX5 and XC60 are award-win­ners that will make the Tata-owned brand work hard for its prize.

Word Ur­ban Car

• Ford Fi­esta

• Suzuki Swift

• Volk­swa­gen Polo

The Ford Fi­esta is a favourite to be voted the best car for city driv­ers, but it will be a close thing with value of­fer­ings and solid driv­e­trains com­ing from the Volk­swa­gen Polo or Suzuki Swift.

World Lux­ury Car

• Audi A8

• Porsche Cayenne

• Porsche Panam­era You read it right, an ex­ec­u­tive sedan is up against the Porsches. The A8 is sim­ply that good.

World Per­for­mance Car

• BMW M5

• Honda Civic Type R

• Lexus LC 500 No petrol­head will ar­gue with the BMW M5 on this list, but they will wel­come the com­pe­ti­tion from Ja­pan in the shapely new Honda Civic Type R and the gor­geous Lexus LC 500 coupe.

World Green Car

• BMW 530e iPer­for­mance

• Chrysler Paci­fica Hy­brid

• Nis­san Leaf Among these three fi­nal­ists, the Nis­san Leaf is the only elec­tric car, as op­posed to the hy­brids from BMW and Chrysler, but range anx­i­ety is still an is­sue, the Chrysler can pacify.

World Car De­sign of the Year

• Lexus LC 500

• Range Rover Ve­lar

• Volvo XC60

Beauty is in the eye of the be­holder, which makes this cat­e­gory very sub­jec­tive.

Wheels pre­dict it will be a close thing be­tween the Range Rover and the Lexus.


The Range Rover Ve­lar, which sells from R947 700 in SA is short­listed for both the best de­sign and the over­all Word Car of the Year.

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