World Car of the Year Finalists Announced, No Surprises on List

The 2016 World Car of the Year awards are drawing closer to this year’s final stage.
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The organizers of the event have announced the finalists of the five award categories. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony held at this year’s New York Auto Show, on March 24.

As those of you who are accustomed to this type of awards know, besides the 2016 World Car of the Year prize, the awards program includes four other categories: World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year.

The most prestigious accolade in this ceremony is the World Car of the Year Award, for which ten candidates have entered the final round. This year’s edition also marks the third consecutive year in which the World Car Awards have remained the number one automotive awards program as far as media reach is concerned.

The jury behind this award ceremony is composed of 73 automotive journalists. They have all voted their finalists through a secret ballot, and only after a personal evaluation of every candidate. Once every juror cast his vote, the specialists at KPMG, an international accounting firm, tabulated the ballots and selected the finalists for each category considering the votes each car got.

As usual, the World Car Design of the Year Award finalists have been chosen by a specialist panel composed of design experts. This category has five finalists, and each design expert drafted a short list of three recommended candidates. The most popular choices ended up in the final and the winner will be determined by the jurors.

It is time to reveal the finalists of the World Car of the Year Awards, in alphabetical order and separated into categories.

2016 World Car of the Year Finalists:

•Audi A4 Sedan / Audi A4 Avant
• BMW X1
• Hyundai Tucson
• Jaguar XE
• Land Rover Discovery Sport
• Mazda CX-3
• Mazda MX-5
• Mercedes-Benz GLC
• Skoda Superb
• Toyota Prius

2016 World Luxury Car Finalists:

• Audi Q7
• BMW 7 Series
• Jaguar XF
• Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
• Volvo XC90

2016 World Performance Car Finalists:

• Audi R8 Coupe
• Chevrolet Camaro
• Honda Civic Type R I
• Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé
• Range Rover Sport SVR

2016 World Green Car Finalists:

• BMW 330e Plug-in-hybrid
• Chevrolet Volt
• Toyota Prius (Hybrid)
• Toyota Mirai (Hydrogen Fuel Cell)
• Volkswagen Passat GTE

2016 World Car Design Finalists:

• Cadillac CT6
• Mazda CX-3
• Mazda MX-5
• Jaguar XE
• Land Rover Discovery
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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