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Volvo XC60 Lands Honors as World Car of the Year

Six World Car Awards help open 2018 NY Auto Show.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Volvo's Anders Gustafsson accepts the trophy for the World Car of the Year for the XC60.

Volvo racked up another award for its expanding line-up of SUVs as the 2018 New York International Auto Show opened up its annual media preview.

Already honored as North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the Volvo XC60 expanded its reach by nabbing the title “World Car of the Year,” the most prestigious of six trophies handed out by a jury of 82 automotive journalists from around the world.

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The choice of the Volvo was significant on several levels, as was the fact that “all three of the finalists are SUVs,” noted World Car Chairman Peter Lyon. “That’s definitely a sign of the times.” (more…)

Jaguar F-Pace Named World Car of the Year

Awards program also honors, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Toyota.

by on Apr.12, 2017

JLR CEO Ralf Speth (r) celebrates the win by the Jaguar F-Pace, named World Car of the Year.

The Jaguar F-Pace took double honors at this year’s New York International Auto Show, being named the World Car of the Year, while also taking the trophy for World Car Design.

The first utility vehicle ever designed by the British marque traditionally known for sleek sports cars, coupes and sedans, the F-Pace has been well received by both critics and consumers alike, almost immediately becoming the British maker’s best-selling model.

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“We really wanted to do something special for our customers,” declared a clearly emotional Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, as he came up for the second, and more significant, World Car award. Getting this award proves we’re on the right track.”


World Car of the Year Finalists Named

Global jury makes some surprising picks.

by on Feb.02, 2017

The F-Pace is Jaguar's first utility vehicle and a finalist for the World Car of the Year.

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.

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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…)

Mazda Claims Double Win at World Car Awards

by on Mar.24, 2016

Mazda NA CEO Masahiro Moro and WCoTY organizer Peter Lyons with the MX-5 Miata.

For such a little car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata was the big winner at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday morning, collecting not only the trophy for World Car of the Year, but also being honored as the globe’s top automotive design.

The twin win came hours before the first formal unveiling of a special auto show unveiling of the Miata RF. The retractable fastback version of the two-seat roadster generated rave reviews when it was shown to a smaller group of journalists on Tuesday night.

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“What a day for Mazda,” blurted out Masahiro Moro, who recently took over as CEO of Mazda’s North American operations. “This is a brand icon,” he declared, hoisting the hefty World Car of the Year trophy and inviting key members of the development team to join him on stage.


World Car of the Year Jurors Pick Finalists

Global list narrowed to just 10 vehicles.

by on Feb.10, 2015

2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan is one of the finalists for the World Car of the Year award.

The jurors on the World Car of the Year panel have a tough challenge. They have to compare a wide range of products from every corner of the globe. So, it’s probably not surprising the 10 finalists cover a broad spectrum of cars, crossovers and SUVs from mainstream and luxury.

The 75 international automotive journalists who make up the panel also have to fill in several other blanks as they select the top design of the year, the top performance model, the number one luxury car and the World Green Car of the Year.

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Sorting through the finalists will take them another couple months, with the winners in each of the five categories set to be announced on April 2, at the New York Auto Show. (more…)

Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year

Germans take clean sweep of five awards.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, clutches the large World Car Trophy in front of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 was named the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, marking the second time the maker has captured the prestigious honor in recent years.

But there was something for everyone during the morning ceremony – at least if you were a German automaker, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dividing up the four other trophies handed out for 2014.

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“This really represents what Audi does extremely well,” proclaimed Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, as he clutched the large World Car Trophy at the podium. “We couldn’t be prouder to win this award.” (more…)

World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Organize add new luxury car category for 2014.

by on Feb.11, 2014

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is a contender for another trophy as World Car of the Year.

It’s the annual awards season, but movie stars aren’t the only ones in the spotlight. And barely a month after hearing which models won as North American Car and Truck of the Year, we’ll soon learn what qualifies as the World Car of the Year.

That trophy is one of several that will be handed out during the upcoming New York International Auto Show. And organizers have today released their list of finalists.

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The list could deliver a few surprises to show-goers at the big apple considering a quarter of the finalists aren’t available in the U.S. market, but the 69 international automotive journalists on the WCOTY jury aren’t limited by geographic barriers when making their choices. (more…)

VW Golf Named World Car of the Year

Porsche, Jaguar and Tesla also capture honors.

by on Mar.28, 2013

Volkswagen Group’s Global Design Director Walter da Silva celebrates the Golf's World Car of the Year Award in New York.

Capping a rapidly expanding string of honors, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was named the World Car of the Year during a well-attended ceremony at the New York International Auto Show this morning.

The award comes just weeks after the compact hatchback was declared European Car of the Year at the annual Geneva Motor Show. But both honors landed a year before the latest update of Volkswagen’s best-selling model finally goes on sale in the U.S.

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The 66 members of the World Car jury also paid homage to three other manufacturers – Jaguar, Porsche and upstart battery-car maker Tesla Motors – during the ceremony.


Volkswagen Up! Named World Car of the Year

Range Rover, Porsche, Mercedes products also honored.

by on Apr.05, 2012

Lead designer Oliver Stefani olds the World Car of the Year award for the Volkswagen Up!

The pint-sized Volkswagen Up! has nabbed a big honor, winning the sought-after World Car of the Year trophy during a morning session at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

The victory took many observers by surprise, especially considering the minicar was going up for the award against the widely-hailed and more universally available updates of the BMW 3-Series and Porsche 911.

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“Our goal was always to make something small great,” said Olivier Stefani, the lead designer on the Up! program, which has become one of the centerpieces of VW’s push to go green – in many ways serving as the modern-day alternative to the legendary Volkswagen Beetle.


Nissan Leaf Wins World Car of the Year

Chevy Volt takes Green Car honors.

by on Apr.21, 2011

Nissan's Brian Carolin claims the World Car of the Year Trophy for the new Nissan Leaf battery car.

The Nissan Leaf won the latest round in its ongoing battle with battery-car competitor Chevrolet Volt – though both can claim a bit of a victory.

The Japanese battery-electric vehicle was named World Car of the Year at an event at the New York Auto Show, but Chevy’s plug-in hybrid didn’t walk away empty-handed, Volt being named the World Green Car of the Year.

“Leaf is truly a game-changer,” declared Brian Caroling, director of sales and marketing for Nissan Americas, as he picked up the WCOTY trophy.

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The World Car winner was chosen by a groupof 66 jurors from six continents, organizers noted, a structure designed to minimize the impact of regional tastes and prevent any media outlet from dominating the selection.

Jurors also named: (more…)