World Car Awards 2021 - Top 3 Finalists Announced

The top 3 finalists in the prestigious World Car Awards program have been announced, and it looks like the Land Rover Defender, new Toyota Yaris and Honda-e are strong frontrunners in their respective categories.

The awards program, which made its debut as far back as 2005 (which the Audi A6 won) will announce the final winners on Tuesday 20 April 2021. A jury of 93 distinguished international automotive journalists, including's own Hannes Oosthuizen, selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each eligible vehicle as part of their professional work.  KPMG tabulated the vote results.

The Top 3 finalists for each category are:

World Car of the Year

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World Urban Car of the Year

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World Luxury Car of the Year

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World Performance Car of the Year


World Car Design of the Year


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