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World Car of the Year 2019 finalists announced

By Cameron Kirby, 06 Feb 2019 News

World Car of the Year 2019 finalists announced

Wheels COTY winner gets the nod as a finalist for World Car of the Year

FRESH from victory in Australia’s most prestigious motoring award, Wheels Car of the Year, the Volvo XC40 has been nominated as a finalist for the World Car of the Year.

Volvo’s small SUV is competing against nine other finalists for the 2019 award, and will be hoping to emulate its larger sibling, the XC60, which won in 2018.

Fellow Wheels Car of the Year finalist the Jaguar I-Pace is also listed as a World Car of the Year finalist, while Volvo is the only manufacturer to secure double entries with the S60/V60 twins recognised as a worthy finalist by the panel of judges.

Video: Wheels Car of the Year 2019 Winner: Volvo XC40

The World Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 82 journalists from 24 countries around the globe. To be eligible, a car must be sold in at least five countries on at least two continents.

Audi’s fully-electric e-tron is selected as a finalist, along with Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered Nexo.

It’s not all sleek and cutting edge however, with the new Suzuki Jimny representing the decidedly old school among the finalists.

Meet the COTY finalists: Volvo XC40

A full list of finalists, as well as the short lists for the urban, luxury, performance, green, and design awards is listed below.

Which car do you think should win World Car of the Year?

Wheels Car of the Year 2019: the judging criteria

World Car of the Year finalists:

  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Ford Focus
  • Genesis G70
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Suzuki Jimny
  • Volvo S60/V60
  • Volvo XC40

World Urban Car of the Year finalists:

  • Audi A1
  • Hyundai AH2/Santro
  • Kia Soul
  • SEAT Arona
  • Suzuki Jimny

World Luxury Car of the Year finalists:

  • Audi A7
  • Audi Q8
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Volkswagen Touareg

World Performance Car of the Year finalists:

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

World Green Car of the Year finalists:

  • Audi e-tron
  • Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Kia e-Niro

World Car Design of the Year finalists:

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