Top 10 Contenders for the World Car of the Year Revealed

The World Car of the Year award is one of the biggest honors a car can have. The World Car Awards, or WCA, is a program conducted, initiated, and organized by automotive journalists from all over the world. The award program has returned for 2019 too, and the top 10 finalists for the 2019 edition of World Car of the Year award have been revealed now.

The list of the top 10 contenders for the 2019 World Car of the Year was made by a jury of 86 automotive journalists. Originally, a total of 40 names were on the list for gaining the prestigious award. The entries were sent by a total of 15 car manufacturers out of which the top 10 contenders were shortlisted for the 2019 World Car of the Year award. There has been a single entrant from Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Suzuki. The South Korean automaker Hyundai and the Swedish carmaker Volvo have succeeded in putting 2 rides each on the list.

The rides that were able to make it to the top 10 finalists list for the 2019 World Car of the Year award are:

  • Audi e-Tron
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Ford Focus
  • Hyundai Genesis G70
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mercedes-Benz A-class
  • Suzuki Jimny
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo XC40

What’s fascinating about this year’s top 10 World Car of the Year finalists list is that it has a made-in-India entry, the Hyundai Santro. The original run of the car was from 1998 to 2014. In 2018, the Hyundai Santro was launched in India and is currently being exported to other car markets too. The relaunched version of the ride is based upon the Grand i10 platform. Santro competes with the Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R in the Indian car market.

The World Car of the Year Award was bagged by the utterly reliable 2018 Volvo XC60, while Jaguar F-Pace was nominated the winner of the same award back in 2017. There is a total of 6 award categories at the World Car of the Year awards, including the main title.

In addition to the reveal of the top 10 2019 World Car of the Year finalists, the jury also revealed the list of cars considered for winning in other World Car of the Year categories. Unlike the titular award, however, the winner for other categories will be chosen among 5 entries.

The winner of the 2019 World Urban Car of the Year award will be one of the following 5 contenders:

  • Audi A1
  • Hyundai Santro
  • Kia Soul
  • Seat Arona
  • Suzuki Jimny

In addition to the 2019 World Car of the Year award, the Suzuki Jimny is considered to be the strongest contender in the World Urban Car of the Year category. Rides that will be competing against each other for gaining the title of the 2019 World Luxury Car of the Year award are:

  • Audi A7
  • Audi Q7
  • Mercedes CLS
  • Mercedes GLE
  • Volkswagen Touareg

Cars that will be fighting it out to win the 2019 World Performance Car of the Year title are:

  • Aston Martin Vantage
  • BMW M2 Competition
  • Hyundai Veloster N
  • McLaren 720S
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupé

Rides able to make it out to the list of the top 5 contenders for the 2019 World Green Car of the Year award are:

  • Audi e-Tron
  • Honda Clarity
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Kia Niro EV

Top 5 contenders for the 2019 World Car Design of the Year award are:

  • Citroen C5 Aircross
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Suzuki Jimny
  • Volvo XC40

The rest of the events calendar is as follows:

March 5: The top three World Car of the year contenders will be revealed in Geneva. The jury will disclose the top three finalists in each category after another round of evaluation. The reveal will be made during the upcoming 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

April 17: The final winners of each category of the 2019 World Car of the Year awards will be announced in April in New York. The winners of the awards will be revealed during the New York International Auto Show.

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