Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, or Volkswagen Tiguan will win WCOTY 2017.
The Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volkswagen Tiguan have been announced as the shortlisted three cars in the running to win the World Car of the Year Award 2017. The announcement was made at the Geneva Motor Show. the overall winner will be revealed at the New York Auto Show in April.
It is the first time three SUVs have locked out the overall World Car of the Year top three list, and reflects the market’s ever-growing focus on 4x4s and crossovers. It’s particularly good news for Jaguar, whose breakthrough F-Pace now finds itself in with a shot at the prestigious prize alongside cars from previous WCOTY winners Audi and Volkswagen.
Indeed, the good news for Jaguar continued as the F-Pace was shortlisted in the World Car Design of the Year, alongside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR. The F-Pace is the only car in 2017 to be in the running for two awards. Audi, meanwhile, secured a spot in the top three contenders for the 2017 World Performance Car with its R8 Spyder, along with the McLaren 570S and Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.
A new award for 2017 is the World Urban Car prize, which rewards small, city-friendly, low-emissions cars that demonstrate innovative thinking and smart design. The BMW i3 94 Ah, Citroen C3, and Suzuki Ignis have been shortlisted here, creating an interesting trio that all have merits.
Similarly, the World Green Car 2017 finalists make for interesting reading: the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model X, and Toyota Prius Prime are doing battle. As for the well-established World Luxury Car award, BMW’s new 5 Series goes up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90 and V90 – again, a highly competitive trio of cars.
The winners will be revealed at the 2017 New York International Auto Show on Thursday April 13. It’s a big event: the World Car Awards have, for the fourth consecutive year, been the world’s number one automotive awards in terms of media reach.
Seventy-five automotive journalists from 23 countries make up the judging panel and help select the top three in the world cars. Accountancy firm KPMG helped organize the secret ballot. All eyes are now on New York to find out which cars will triumph in the 2017 awards. Place your bets now.
2017 World Car Awards’ Top Three in the World finalists
2017 World Car of the Year
2017 World Luxury Car
BMW 5 Series
Volvo S90 / V90
2017 World Performance Car
Audi R8 Spyder
Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman
2017 World Green Car
Tesla Model X
Toyota Prius Prime
2017 World Urban Car
BMW i3 (94 Ah)
2017 World Car Design of the Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet