2018 World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The finalists for some of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry have been announced today, leading up to the final winners being announced at the New York Auto Show on March 28.

World Car of the Year actually includes six awards: the 2018 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, World Urban Car, and World Car Design of the Year. For every award except for the World Car Design of the Year, a jury of 82 journalists from around the world, including AutoGuide.com Road Test Editor Sami Haj-Assaad, vote on the top new cars that they’ve tested during 2017. Then, international accounting firm KPMG will tally up the jurors’ ballots. Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

The 10 finalists for World Car of the Year are:

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Kia Stinger
Land Rover Discovery
Mazda CX-5
Nissan LEAF
Range Rover Velar
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen T-Roc
Volvo XC60

The 2018 World Urban Car was narrowed down to these top five finalists:

Ford Fiesta
Hyundai Kona
Nissan Micra
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Polo

For the 2018 World Luxury Car award, it’ll be one of the following:

Audi A8
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Lexus LS
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera

There’s also the 2018 World Performance Car, one of our favorites! Here’s the top five in that category:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Audi RS 3 Sedan
Honda Civic Type R
Lexus LC 500

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s the 2018 World Green Car of the Year. Here are the top four for that award:

BMW 530e iPerformance
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Nissan LEAF

Finally, there’s the World Car Design of the year, which has a slightly different protocol. Instead of journalists voting on the nominees, it’s a panel of respected experts in design from around the world. Here are their thoughts on what were the top designs this year:

Citroen C3 Aircross
Lexus LC 500
Range Rover Velar
Renault Alpine A110
Volvo XC60

For now, though, the World Car of the Year jury will continue to mull the winners. On March 6, at the Geneva Motor Show, the top three finalists in each category will be announced. Then the winners will be announced at the New York Auto Show.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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