After the second-generation Peugeot 3008 took home the big prize as the European Car of the Year 2017 on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, the SUV dominance is reaffirmed at the WCOTY as well.
It’s clear, the crossovers and SUVs are the most popular models these days – and one of three will go home with the World Car of the Year award. The Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volkswagen Tiguan have been selected to form the shortlist for this year’s edition. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show and the winner will be revealed during the New York Auto Show in April. This is of course the first time three SUVs are the final contenders for the overall World Car of the Year, and seemingly reflect the market’s trends.
The shortlist for the World Car Design of the Year again includes the F-Pace, alongside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR. Audi R8 Spyder, the McLaren 570S and the Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman are the contenders for the 2017 World Performance Car; while the 2017 World Luxury Car will be decided between the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Volvo S90 / V90. There’s also a new segment – World Urban Car, where the BMW i3 94 Ah, Citroen C3 and Suzuki Ignis compete for supremacy. The World Green Car 2017 finalists are the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model X and Toyota Prius Prime.