It's that time of the year again. The World Car of the Year is in its 15th year and the finalists have been announced for 2019.
The World Car of the Year is broken into 6 World Car Awards categories. Judged by a panel of 86 motoring journalists from around the world, the World Car of the Year is arguably the most prestigious when it comes to recognising excellence. Our very own Consumer Experience Manager Hannes Oosthuizen is 1 of only 2 South African judges on the illustrious panel.
The judges are only allowed to score vehicles they have driven, and award points in sections labelled Value, Safety, Environment, Emotional Appeal, Market Significance etc. Some of these cars are not available in South Africa but feel free to click on selected highlighted vehicles to read more about them.
Top Ten World Car of the Year finalists
Top 5 World Urban Car finalists
Top 5 World Luxury Car finalists
World Performance Car top 5 finalists
World Green Car 5 finalists
World Car Design of the Year
Judging car design requires a specialised skillset and 7 highly-respected design experts have been called upon to share their expertise. Anne Asensio (France - Vice-President, Design - Dassault Systemes), Gernot Bracht (Germany - Pforzheim Design School), Patrick le Quément(France - Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School), Sam Livingstone (U.K. - Car Design Research and Royal College of Art), Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco), Gordon Murray (U.K. - Gordon Murray Design) and Shiro Nakamura (Japan - CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.).