The winners will be announced at the New York Auto Show in April
We couldn't count all the car-of-the-year awards handed out each time the planet circles the sun. But of all those prizes handed out, the World Car Awards surely ranks among the most important. And the jurors have now whittled down their list to 10 finalists.
With no further ado, competing for top honors this year are the Audi e-tron, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Suzuki Jimny, Volvo S60/V60, and Volvo XC40. The news must have been well received at Volvo and at the Hyundai group, which each have two nominees.
Those are the finalists for World Car of the Year, but the organization hands out several other prizes as well in individual categories. Like Urban Car of the Year, for which the Audi A1, Hyundai AH2/Santro, Kia Soul, Seat Arona, and Suzuki Jimny have been shortlisted.
The five finalists in the Luxury category are the Audi A7, Audi Q8, BMW 8 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Volkswagen Touareg.
The Performance list is made up of the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M2 Competition, Hyundai Veloster N, McLaren 720S, and Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door Coupe.
Last but not least is the World Green Car award. That prize final will be handed to either the Audi e-tron, Honda Clarity PHEV, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, or Kia Niro EV.
The 86 jurors from around the world will also name their favorite design, but will surely take into account the recommendations of a panel of expert designers, who shortlisted the Citroën C5 Aircross, Jaguar E-Pace, Jaguar I-Pace, Suzuki Jimny, and Volvo XC40.
The top three in each category are scheduled to be announced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, with the winners to be revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April.