Auto shows and new car awards tend to be joined at the hip, and as the last significant shows of this season fast approach, one of the last big trophies is getting dusted off. Make that trophies, as there will be winners in six separate categories when the winners of the World Car Awards are announced at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
Organizers have started the clock ticking by announcing finalists in each of the six categories, and Audi, among the many Volkswagen brands, has landed the largest number of nominees with products ranging from the little Q2 to the high-performance R8 Spyder. Sibling Bentley has also landed a spot in the luxury car column.
The World Car nominees underscore the challenges faced by jurors who have to sort through a mix of global products that, in some cases, may not be offered in all major markets – such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Citroen C3, neither of those brands available in North America. Chevrolet, meanwhile, abandoned the European market several years ago, though its new Bolt EV will be sold there through the Opel brand. (more…)