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Journey to World Car of the Year continues at Geneva

The “Top Three in the World” finalists in five award categories have been announced at the Geneva International Motor Show. The announcement continues the countdown for the 2016 World Car Awards, which will be announced at t the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on Thursday, March 24.

Winners of the 2016 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between World Car and the New York show, and the third consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.

The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, will also be announced during the New York show press conference and media breakfast. The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months. During this period, the introduction of stricter test procedures for vehicles became a heavily discussed topic within the automotive industry. Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel emphasized: “The planned changes in test cycles such as the switch from the New European Driving Cycle (NEFC) to the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and the introduction of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) will favour Autoneum’s efficiency-boosting technologies and products like engine encapsulations and aerodynamic underfloor systems. More stringent test procedures will help us to reveal the full potential of our multifunctional products with regard to less fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions of cars.”

A jury of 73 distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following “Top Three in the World” finalists by secret ballot based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots.   
The Top Three in the World finalists in the five award categories are as follows:

2016 World Car of the Year:
Audi A4 Sedan / Audi A4 Avant
Mazda MX-5
Mercedes-Benz GLC
2016 World Luxury Car:
Audi Q7
BMW 7 Series
Volvo XC90
2016 World Performance Car:
Audi R8 Coupe
Honda Civic Type R
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé
2016 World Green Car:
Chevrolet Volt
Toyota Mirai (Hydrogen Fuel Cell)
Toyota Prius (Hybrid)
2016 World Car Design of the Year:
Jaguar XE
Mazda CX-3
Mazda MX-5
The Road to World Car began in Frankfurt on September 15, was 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, and continues with today’s Top Three in the World announcement. The journey ends at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 24, 2016 when all winners are declared.