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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Nissan Leaf, Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series are finalists for award.

by on Mar.18, 2011

The Audi A8, BMW 5 Series and Nissan Leaf are finalists for World Car of the Year.

Two German luxury sedans will face off against the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle for World Car of the Year honors. The winner will be announced April 21, prior to the opening of the New York International Auto Show.

The Germans are the Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series and the EV is, of course, the Nissan Leaf.

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The already well-decorated Chevrolet Volt was not eligible for the award because it is not for sale on two continents, as the award requires. Currently available in select U.S. markets, the Volt hits European showrooms in November.

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World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Europeans dominate, though Leaf, Grand Cherokee make the cut.

by on Feb.07, 2011

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the only U.S. model among the 10 World Car of the Year finalists.

European automakers overwhelmed their North American and Asian competition, placing eight of the 10 products to make the cut as finalists in the World Car of the Year balloting.

Audi, with the new A1 and A8 models, and BMW, with the redesigned X3 and 5-Series, have the strongest presence on the list, which also includes, among Europeans:

  • Jaguar XJ;
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS;
  • Porsche Cayenne; and
  • Volvo S60/V60.

In an unexpected slight, only Nissan, with the all-new battery-electric Leaf, and Jeep, and the newly redesigned Grand Cherokee, managed to find a spot alongside the Continental offerings.

Notably absent were the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which has won an armful of awards, including North American Car of the Year, and the Ford Explorer, named last month North American Truck of the Year.  Leaf came in just behind Volt in the North American balloting, while Grand Cherokee lost out to the Explorer.

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VW Polo Named World Car of the Year

German maker’s subsidiaries take three of four awards.

by on Apr.01, 2010

Design Chief Walter da Silva collects the World Car of the Year Trophy for the Volkswagen Polo.

It came close to being a clean sweep for Volkswagen and its subsidiaries, the German maker capturing three of the four trophies handed out in the annual World Car of the Year awards – the VW Polo taking the namesake Car of the Year honors.

The World Car of the Year awards are the result of balloting by 59 automotive journalists from around the world – tasked with the difficult challenge of picking winners who have significance beyond individual regional markets, like the U.S., Europe or Japan.  Balloting is weighted to minimize the influence of any one region, organizers note.

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That worked out well for Volkswagen, which grabbed the first of the awards handed out at the New York International Auto Show, the Green Car of the Year, with its subcompact Polo TDI diesel.  That was a doubly significant victory.  First, the VW offering was up against two hybrids, the new Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius, the world’s most popular gasoline-electric model.  Meanwhile, diesels are little more than an also-ran technology in the key American market.

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