2016 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS SET

The 10 finalists for the 2016 World Car of the Year awards have been announced, with the winner to be announced March 24 at the New York Auto Show.

Finalists are the Audi A4 Sedan and Avant, BMW X1, Hyundai Tucson, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Skoda Superb, and Toyota Prius.

World Car contenders are selected in a secret ballot by 73 international auto journalists. Their choices are based on their evaluation of each candidate as part of their ongoing work.

The “Road to the World Car” began in Frankfurt Sept. 15 followed by a four and a half day stop in Los Angeles for test drives of the North American, Japanese and Swedish contenders in November. The next stop is the Geneva International Auto Show March 1 when the top three finalists will be announced.

Last stop is New York where the winner is declared. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the group’s partnership with the New York Show.

Along with the Car of the Year finalists, the top contenders in four other categories were announced.

They include World Luxury Car: Audi Q7, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Volvo XC90; World Performance Car: Audi R8 Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro, Honda Civic Type R1, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe and Range Rover Sport SVR; World Green Car: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius hybrid, Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell, and Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Cars eligible for Word Car Design of the Year are taken from the list of World Car candidates or can be included as a standalone entry. They can be pre-production or all-new production vehicles.

A design panel of six world design experts reviews each candidate and establishes a short list of recommendations for the jurors.

The five finalists are: Cadillac CT6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Jaguar XE, and Land Rover Discovery.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 World Car of the Year awards have been announced, with the winner to be announced March 24 at the New York Auto Show.

Finalists are the Audi A4 Sedan and Avant, BMW X1, Hyundai Tucson, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Skoda Superb, and Toyota Prius.

World Car contenders are selected in a secret ballot by 73 international auto journalists. Their choices are based on their evaluation of each candidate as part of their ongoing work.

The “Road to the World Car” began in Frankfurt Sept. 15 followed by a four and a half day stop in Los Angeles for test drives of the North American, Japanese and Swedish contenders in November. The next stop is the Geneva International Auto Show March 1 when the top three finalists will be announced.

Last stop is New York where the winner is declared. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the group’s partnership with the New York Show.

Along with the Car of the Year finalists, the top contenders in four other categories were announced.

They include World Luxury Car: Audi Q7, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Volvo XC90; World Performance Car: Audi R8 Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro, Honda Civic Type R1, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe and Range Rover Sport SVR; World Green Car: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius hybrid, Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell, and Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Cars eligible for Word Car Design of the Year are taken from the list of World Car candidates or can be included as a standalone entry. They can be pre-production or all-new production vehicles.

A design panel of six world design experts reviews each candidate and establishes a short list of recommendations for the jurors.

The five finalists are: Cadillac CT6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Jaguar XE, and Land Rover Discovery.

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