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THE ROAD TO WORLD CAR

&
THE ROAD AHEAD
OCTOBER 2017

Introduction
Peter Lyon - Chairman, World Car Awards

Representatives from Jaguar Land Rover and World Car Awards at the IAA in Frankfurt

The Road to World Cars 2018 program started in earnest This important ceremony was another outstanding success
inside the Jaguar Land Rover stand at the Frankfurt Motor as over 120 media and OEM representatives joined World
Show in September. Car jurors and JLR staff for a champagne reception to kick
off a new year of testing and judging. After a reshuffle of
JLRs CEO Dr Ralf Speth, New York Auto Shows president jurors, World Car enters its new voting season with 83 jurors
Mark Scheinberg and British TV personality Ginny Buckley from 24 countries and welcomes back presenting partners
joined me on stage to celebrate the Jaguar F-Paces World in Bridgestone and Autoneum. We will also continue our
Car of the Year victory after which we initiated the jury ongoing relationships with the New York International Auto
evaluation process for the coming year and announced our Show, PRIME Research, KPMG and Newspress - our official
list of eligible vehicles for 2018. media partner.
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Jaguar F-PACE is awarded the World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show

A milestone was reached in April this year when World Luxury Car, World Green Car, World Car Design, World
Car was invited by NYIAS to open the auto show on the Urban Car and the prestigious World Car of the Year. After
first press day with its prize-giving ceremony in front of the finalists have been tallied and presented to jurors by
over 600 media and automotive industry representatives WCA partner KPMG, jurors will vote a second time online
including seven CEOs. We expect to open the show again to select the winners for 2018.
in 2018.
Our top 3 finalists in each category will be announced at
Always aiming to evolve and grow, World Car took Bridgestones stand inside the Geneva Motor Show in early
advantage of juror visits to the Tokyo Motor Show in late March before we reveal the six category winners on March
October to introduce its first-ever Tokyo test drive session 28 at a high profile World Car prize-giving event which
for jurors based at the state-of-the-art BMW Group Tokyo is now the highlight for the New York International Auto
Bay, a unique complex with its very own proving ground. Shows opening ceremony.
Some ten jurors evaluated eight eligible vehicles from
Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and BMW. To complete a busy yearly schedule, World Car will display
The purpose of the Tokyo test-drives is to offer test drives up to three category winners at a special World Car stand
of vehicles that are not readily available in certain jurors inside the London Motor Show in May.
countries.
It was great to see you in Tokyo last week. We look forward
In November, World Car will for the fourth time stage its to seeing you again in L.A. in November. Safe travels.
annual L.A. TestDrives based at the Westin Pasadena
Hotel. We expect at least 25 jurors from over a dozen
countries to test drive over 20 eligible vehicles as they
decide which cars will receive their highest votes for
the coming season. Like Tokyo, this session is aimed at
providing test driving opportunities to jurors who are
unable to test certain vehicles in their home markets, or
just want a chance to reconfirm previous evaluations.

Then, in mid-January, all jurors will vote in a secret


ballot online to select our top 10 and top 5 finalists in six
categories. These include World Performance Car, World World Car Awards Chairman Peter Lyon speaks at the IAA
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2018
NOMINATIONS
BY MIKE RUTHERFORD, DIRECTOR & VICE-CHAIR OF THE WORLD CAR AWARDS

If there was a prize for the most nominated company in the The competition is fiercer than ever this time around.
2018 World Car Awards, a highly unlikely manufacturer - Some countries, companies and cars previously thought
Kia - would win it. of as underdogs on the global stage are now in with a real
chance of picking up World Car honours at our New York
Its nothing short of astonishing that the comparatively Auto Show prize-giving ceremony next March.
small and modest marque from South Korea has beaten
German giants BMW and Volkswagen into joint second In this respect, Italy deserves a special mention as does
place. And even more remarkable is that Kia has forced its Alfa Romeo with its three nominations - the same number
own big sister brand, Hyundai, into fourth position. This that far larger, wealthier Audi has secured. Japans highly
wasnt in the script. competitive Suzuki also has three - the same as Toyota
and Lexus combined!
But the fact that Kia proudly sits on top of the WCA pile at
the minute is no guarantee that its Niro, Picanto, Stinger Its good to see Frances Renault, Peugeot and Citroen
and Stonic contenders will win the World Car of the Year going for World Car glory, too - along with other relative
and World Urban Car trophies the company has its sights newcomers such as Dacia of Romania, SEAT (Spain),
on. Skoda (Czech Republic) and SsangYong (South Korea).

And while our Top 5 Nations table (below) shows that


German, Japanese and South Korean firms are by far the
most prolific makers of all-new cars for the world at this
time, dont rule out dark horse candidate countries like the
UK with its Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar.

It has to be said that for a car-producing land of its


magnitude and importance, the USA isnt currently
producing nearly as many globally significant all-new
cars as might be expected. This explains why there are so
few Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Fords, Chryslers and Jeeps in
Japans highly competitive Suzuki has three nominations - the same as
Toyota and Lexus combined! contention this year.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS IN 2018


WORLD CAR AWARDS

Kia 6 (South Korea)


BMW 5 (Germany)
Volkswagen 5 (Germany)
Hyundai 4 (South Korea)
Nissan 4 (Japan)
Audi 3 (Germany)
Alfa Romeo 3 (Italy)
Suzuki 3 (Japan)
SEAT (Spain) is one of many relative newcomers in this years lineup, with its new
Ford 2 (USA)
Ibiza hatchback Honda 2 (Japan)
Land Rover 2 (UK)
Coming back to Kia, on its own it has more nominations Lexus 2 (Japan)
than all those legendary American brands put together. Porsche 2 (Germany)
Thats something that nobody could have or would have Renault 2 (France)
predicted a decade or two ago. SEAT 2 (Spain)
Volvo 2 (Sweden)
If youre wondering why some all-new cars - the McLaren Buick/Opel/Vauxhall 1 (USA/Germany/UK)
720S Coupe, for example - have somehow failed to make Chevrolet 1 (USA)
it onto our provisional lists of eligible vehicles its almost Chrysler 1 (USA)
certainly because they will not be on sale in sufficient Citroen 1 (France)
numbers on at least two continents by Spring 2018. Dacia 1 (Romania)
Ferrari 1 (Italy)
Our rules on this are tough but fair - unless a model is ready Genesis 1 (South Korea)
to be delivered to paying customers across large parts of Jeep 1 (USA)
the globe by the early-mid part of next year, it cant even Lamborghini 1 (Italy)
be considered to be a 2018 World Car contender. Mazda 1 (Japan)
Mitsubishi 1 (Japan)
And this, we believe, is the way it should be. Opel/Vauxhall 1 (Germany/UK)
Peugeot 1 (France)
Skoda 1 (Czech Republic)
SsangYong 1 (South Korea)
Subaru 1 (Japan)
Toyota 1 (Japan)

TOP 5 NOMINATIONS BY NATION

Germany 17
Japan 14
South Korea 12
Italy 5
Dont rule out dark horse candidate countries like the UK with its Land Rover Discovery
and Range Rover Velar. USA 5
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THE CONTENDERS PROVISIONAL LIST OF ELIGIBLE VEHICLES

WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR Skoda Karoq WORLD PERFORMANCE CAR

SsangYong Rexton G4
Alfa Romeo Giulia Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Subaru XV/Crosstrek
Audi RS 3 Sedan
BMW X3 Suzuki Swift Audi RS 5 Coup

Buick Regal / Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Toyota Camry BMW M5

Citron C3 Aircross Volkswagen Polo Ferrari Portofino


Volkswagen T-Roc
Dacia Duster Volkswagen Arteon Honda Civic Type R

Ford Fiesta Volvo XC60 Hyundai i30N


Volvo XC40
Genesis G70 Lexus LC 500
WORLD URBAN CAR
Honda Accord Renault Alpine A110

Hyundai Kona Ford Fiesta Suzuki Swift Sport

Jeep Compass Hyundai Kona Volkswagen Polo GTI

Kia Niro Kia Picanto WORLD GREEN CAR


Kia Picanto Kia Stonic
Kia Stinger
Kia Stonic Nissan Micra BMW 530e iPerformance

Land Rover Discovery SEAT Ibiza Chevrolet Cruze Diesel


Range Rover Velar
Suzuki Swift Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Mazda CX-5
Volkswagen Polo Hyundai FE
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
WORLD LUXURY CAR Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF
Nissan Micra WORLD CAR DESIGN
Audi A8
Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo All vehicles above are automatically
Peugeot 3008 entered, plus the following:
Lexus LS
Renault Kolos BMW i8 Roadster
Porsche Cayenne
SEAT Ibiza Porsche Panamera Lamborghini Urus
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JURORS BY COUNTRY

AUSTRALIA RICHARD AUCOCK ITALY RUSSIA


JOSHUA DOWLING NAT BARNES CLAIRE BEL DMITRY BARINOV
PAUL GOVER RICHARD BREMNER ALESSANDRO LAGO VLADIMIR SOLOVIEV
KYLE FORTUNE MICHAEL TAYLOR VITALY TISHCHENKO
AUSTRIA STEVE FOWLER ALESSANDRO
STEPHAN SCHTZL CHARLIE TURNER MARCHETTI TRICAMO SLOVENIA
MILOS MILAC
BRAZIL FRANCE JAPAN
JASON VOGEL SYLVAIN REISSER P E T E R LYO N SOUTH AFRICA
LUIZ GUERRERO LIONEL ROBERT CHAIRMAN, WORLD HANNES OOSTHUIZEN
CA R AWA R DS ST E E R I N G
CANADA GERMANY COMMITTEE SOUTH KOREA
MICHEL DESLAURIERS JENS MEINERS VICE- CHARLEY CHAE
SAMI HAJ-ASSAAD CHAIR, WORLD CAR SHINICHI KATSURA JOOSIK CHOI
MARK RICHARDSON AWA R DS ST E E R I N G YASUHIKO KAWAMURA
COMMITTEE HIDESHI MATSUDA SPAIN
CHINA GORO OKAZAKI FERNANDO GMEZ
XIA DONG CHRISTIAN BRINKMANN KOJI OZAWA BLANCO
LI GENG THOMAS GEIGER KAZUNORI YAMAUCHI MANUEL GMEZ BLANCO
LUI HONGCANG GREG KABLE MOTOHIRO YAMAZAKI
CUI JUN YOSHIHIRO KIMURA USA
MIAO JUN PETER SCHWERDTMANN MEXICO TIM STEVENS
WILLIAM WANG KUN DES SELLMEIJER HERNAN ACEVES DIRECTOR, WORLD CAR
XIONGHUI (SEAN) QIU CRISTIAN MORENO AWA R DS ST E E R I N G
YUNQING WANG INDIA CARLOS SANDOVAL COMMITTEE
SVEN XU S I D D H A R T H V I N AYA K
LIANG ZHAOHUI PATA N K A R D I R E C T O R , MIDDLE EAST/U.A.E/ ERIC ADAMS
WO R L D CA R AWA R DS EGYPT MATT ASKARI
COLOMBIA STEERING COMMITTEE MOHAMED SHETA ROBERTO BALDWIN
JOS CLOPATOFSKY ZAC ESTRADA
LONDOO DHRUV BEHL NETHERLANDS STEVEN EWING
SIRISH CHANDRAN HENNY HEMMES JONATHAN GITLIN
UNITED GIRISH KARKERA RICHARD HOMAN
KINGDOM YOGENDRA PRATAP POLAND JOE LORIO
MIKE RUTHERFORD HORMAZD SORABJEE MACIEJ PERTYNSKI JOHN MCCORMICK
VICE-CHAIR, WORLD JASON STEIN
CA R AWA R DS ST E E R I N G IRELAND PORTUGAL JACLYN TROP
COMMITTEE EDDIE CUNNINGHAM GUILHERME COSTA TAMARA WARREN
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PLUGGED-IN
FOR THE FUTURE
BY SIDDHARTH VINAYAK PATANKAR, DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD CAR AWARDS

The world is going electric, whether you like it or not. The


electric car has taken the exit off the peripheral road, on
to the mainstream one, and is here to stay. 2018 is already
being called the year of the big shift; as companies,
countries and consumers start to mass-adopt the electric
vehicle (EV).

In the past year we have seen massive announcements from


not just governments but also automakers to completely
revolutionise the way they do their business and run their
production today.
China wants to lead the world in electric car production. Photo by Linuxthink: CC BY-SA

I will get into specifics of those announcements but first But staying with pollution, study after study shows how
it is important to understand where this electric push is particulate matter is the chief culprit of bad air quality,
coming from. followed by toxic gases and fumes. In any case, the internal
combustion is a minority contributor to the problem
It starts with pollution and governments like Chinas have sometimes with an impact as low as 5-10%.
quickly understood how this is a hot button topic for this
day and age. Which is why China wants to lead the world in But still we find a crusade against the fossil-fuel engine
electric car production. and a sentiment shift to electric gripping the world. Cities
like Paris, Athens, Madrid and Mexico City have declared
that they will ban the entry of diesel driven vehicles into
city limits after 2025.

Countries are announcing electric switchover deadlines.


India says it wants to go electric by 2030, China, Britain
and France have announced 2040, and Germany is also
looking at a 2040-50 timeline. But as the debates rage
on where the electricity will come from to charge these
cars, for instance automakers have seen the shift in the
tide and are now making huge plans and investments to be
future ready and protect their businesses from the tsunami
Paris will go electric from 2040, largely driven by fears over air quality. Photo by Falcon
Photography: CC BY-SA that is coming.
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Mercedes-Benz recently declared that it would have its Big announcements? Indeed yes, but what we still do
first all-electric car by 2020 under its new EQ branded not know is where all of this takes us politically and
range. Two years later it will offer electric versions of every economically as well in environmental terms.
single car model it makes.
Experts predict that a massive shift to electric vehicles
The Smart brand is likely to go all-electric by 2020. Porsche and the subsequent drop in demand for oil, will lead to
says that by 2023, half of the cars rolling off its production major instability in the middle-east and other oil producing
will be electric. Volvo has announced that every car it regions.
unveils from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor,
either as an all-electric EV, plug-in hybrid or hybrid. This could have repercussions of a geo-political nature we
cannot predict at this time. There is still the question of
Jaguar has the same target for 2020. Audi has already artificial intelligence and autonomy that is yet unanswered,
gone big with its e-trons and now the AI badging its future and what impact that will have on the automobile industry.
cars will get. It will have an all-electric range by 2020. And
BMW will have a staggering 25 electric cars by 2025, with In the middle of all these investments that motown is
the X3 set to become its first electric SUV in 2020. having to make, we must not forget that the world is also
debating a shift to autonomous vehicles. It is largely agreed
that it will take time to fix regulations and infrastructure
needed for autonomous vehicles, rather than worry about
the technology itself as the latter is almost ready today!

With autonomous cars the expectation is there will be a


dramatic drop in accidents and fatalities, a huge increase
in efficiency achieved by these vehicles meaning longer
range of travel, and incremental benefits to the GDP of
countries worldwide (from the efficiencies, savings from
reduced accidents, and lesser expense on budgets due to
Nissan is already showing off its second generation Nissan LEAF that has doubled its
the depleted relevance of fossil fuels). And then there is
range to 240 km on a single charge
the rising trend of ride sharing that begs the question
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will have 12 new will car makers of tomorrow be manufacturers or service
electric cars by 2022 and is already showing off its second providers to the consumer of the future?
generation Nissan LEAF that has doubled its range to 240
km on a single charge (set to go to 320 km by 2019). Lots to grapple with, and hence one of the most exciting
eras to live through for sure, isnt it?
Toyota, Suzuki and Denso have announced a battery
making joint venture in India. Toyota is also working with
Denso to bring out fast charging EVs by 2022.

Volkswagen will begin deliveries of its first electric model


by 2020. VW also says 50 electric cars will get added to its
portfolio by 2025 by which time it hopes to overtake Tesla
as the largest seller of EVs. The VW Group will see 300 EV
models across its 9 brands by 2030!

Former world number one GM also aims to launch two


electric cars by 2019, and 20 all-electrics by 2023. VW says 50 electric cars will be added to its portfolio by 2025
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IAA 2017: AN UNCERTAIN


FUTURE
BY JENS MEINERS, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE WORLD CAR AWARDS

Another auto show with few surprises: Virtually every The Audi Aicon was another surprise (although I have seen
carmaker sent out so much information prior to the show it before), a fully autonomous concept car which does away
that the press day visitor felt like he had seen everything entirely with pedals and a steering wheel. The opportunities
already. Unless the goal was to meet colleagues or industry this architecture allowed were only partially harnessed,
representatives in person, most writers might as well have with a starkly reduced exterior, diffuse lighting, and a
covered it from home. lounge-type interior without headrests and air bags: They
are not needed anymore in a fully autonomous car.
But there were a few exceptions - notably, the AMG Project
One: This hypercar is not only extremely fast but also BMW explored the same genre with the iVision Dynamics, a
extremely efficient. A possible downside: Its technology concept that seemed somewhat unfinished and did not even
comes straight from Formula One, but this racing series is allow a look inside. Outside, the Hofmeister kink is gone,
not exactly on the rise, and the rules leading to the current the kidney grille has grown, but its not a grille anymore.
pack of contenders have actually been strongly criticized. BMW chief Harald Krger says the car will provide a sporty
feel. Unlike the Audi, it is designed to still let you take the
Another hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron, has taken a different wheel if you so desire.
approach, betting on sheer engine size and power. Bugattis
subsequent mistake: Aligning their communication along The fully electric VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E are
the 0-400-0 km/h narrative. They could have expected it variations of the same MEB platform, and the styling is
would be broken by someone else shortly. It doesnt matter surprisingly honest about it; I would have expected more
that the Chiron is infinitely more refined than a Koenigsegg. differentiation. Economies of scale, quite obviously, still
apply in the world of electrics.

Cars for customers

While we are vocally ascertained that the world of electrified


pods and lounges may be just around the corner and that
we will all love it, since it relieves us from the dreadful task
of driving (thats the narrative, believe it or not), there
were plenty of cars that wed rather drive without any
assistance, thank you very much.

One of them is the 115-horsepower Volkswagen Up GTI. It


Extremely fast and extremely efficient: The AMG Project One at the IAA. Photo by Matti
Blume: CC BY-SA will deliver a direct and unfiltered driving experience, light-
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weight design, and clean shapes. No wonder VW likens it to


the original Golf GTI.

Crossover SUVs are still the rage: The Volkswagen T-Roc


may be the brands most important model in Europe and
China, and the Audi Q2 is doing extremely well for the
brand. Virtually every brand is moving into the compact
crossover segment, and the Chinese brands, which have
a head start, are unable to use it outside of their home
market.

Land Rover Discovery SVX: Several established brands, including some of the most vocal
Their move into Europe is beginning right now. Great Wall on electrification, are shooting for the segment of large and powerful SUVs.

is launching with their luxury brand Wey: The two SUV


models, VV5s and VV7s, are beautifully executed, just like Several established brands, including some of the most
the plug-in hybrid called P8. If the technology delivers what vocal on electrification, are shooting for the segment of
the design promises, they could work quite well in Europe. large and powerful SUVs. Witness the awesome Land Rover
Discovery SVX - with a supercharged 525-horsepower V-8.
By contrast, Chery has chosen to launch their mainstream Every one of their new cars from 2020 onwards will be
brand in Europe, even though they could have opted to electrified, but this one isnt.
use the more upmarket Qoros brand, which already has
some recognition - and vastly superior design. A wasted Then theres the new BMW X7, shown in the form of a
opportunity. concept car. Sure, theres a plug-in hybrid under the
hood - with a mere 6 cylinders. You can bet that BMW
Then theres Borgward, the long-forgotten German brand will offer a V-8 in the production car, and it will be wildly
resurrected by the Chinese. The European market launches popular.
of the current BX5, BX6 and BX7 models, designed before
the mother company Foton even decided to go for the Meanwhile, Porsche is launching the new Cayenne with
Borgward name, are just around the corner. a top-of-the-line Turbo version that makes a full 550
horsepower. But the brand is so shaken by the diesel
But the Isabella Concept is stunning - and indicative of scandal that they are not yet ready to commit to the new
the brands future design language. It does without retro Cayenne V6 and V8 diesel, even though they are ready
elements, which we found curious, given chief designer for the market. If Porsche believes that they can move
Anders Warmings history with Mini. these customers into their upcoming hybrids and that the
customers will actually love the experience, they may be in
for a rude awakening.

Many paths are open in the automotive world these days,


and Frankfurt showcased a lot of them, but a true sense
of direction was absent. Tesla, the great disruptor, was
missing, as were a number of mainstream brands such as
Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Nissan. At least Chancellor
Merkel didnt fail to appear before the industry - and deliver
another variation of her ceaseless admonishment.

In other words, this years Frankfurt auto show was as fun


Stunning: Borgwards Isabella concept does without retro styling elements and entertaining as ever. Enlightening, it wasnt.
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WORLD CAR STAGES ITS FIRST-


EVER TOKYO TEST DRIVE
BY PETER LYON, WORLD CAR AWARDS CHAIRMAN

12 jurors, 8 cars gather at BMW Group Tokyo Bay

Always evolving, always pushing the limits of whats


possible -- thats the nature of the worlds No 1 car awards
program. So it was this year that World Car decided to
make the most of our juror visits to Japan for the biannual
Tokyo Motor Show by staging our first-ever Tokyo Test
Drive event.

At the outset, a very special thanks must go to BMW Japan


for allowing World Car to use their massive, state-of-the-
art BMW Group Tokyo Bay showroom theme park as a base.
A dozen jurors from Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany,
Korea and the U.K. gathered before the first press day --
A dozen jurors from Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Korea and the U.K. gathered
24 hours after a powerful typhoon passed through the city, before the first press day to test drive eight eligible vehicles

to test drive eight eligible vehicles on the firms unique test


track as well as public roads around the facility. Roughly the size of a baseball field, BMWs on-site test
track is the largest of its kind in the Tokyo metropolitan area
and enabled jurors to test cars back to back in a controlled
environment and secure some necessary photographs for
test drive reports.

Two other jurors from India, who could not attend our
official drive day due to prior engagements, were able to
test drive three eligible cars the previous day, giving them
precious insight into some of the most hotly contested
categories for 2018.

Apart from the eight visiting jurors from overseas, four


Japan-based jury members also participated in this first-
ever drive experiment. On the OEM side, several staffers
from Honda and Suzuki press departments also made
Most of the assembled vehicles were cars that jurors could not drive in their home
markets cars like the Suzuki Swift Sport appearances to support the inaugural event.
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Most of the assembled vehicles were cars that jurors could


not drive in their home markets cars like the just launched
BMW X3, Honda Civic Type R, Lexus LC500h, Mazda CX-5,
Subaru XV, Suzuki Swift Sport and Toyota Camry. After a
brief facility tour by BMW Japan CEO Peter Kronschnabl, in
which jurors learned a lot about the Japanese market, the
test drive started in earnest along the Wangan expressway.

World Car has now added the biannual Tokyo Test Drive
to an expanding line-up of global events organised to
coincide with major motor shows, thus lifting the brands
cache around the world. This menu begins with our annual
drive program launch at the reigning WCOTY winners Visiting jurors and test models at the World Car Awards Tokyo Test Drive event
stand inside the Frankfurt or Paris shows in September,
then moves onto the Tokyo Test Drive in October before that non-American jurors find difficult to access in their
proceeding to the Los Angeles Test Drives in November, home countries. For the L.A. event, World Car expects
at which over two dozen jurors drive some 20-plus eligible to welcome jurors from as far afield as Australia, Brazil,
vehicles. Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland,
Russia, UK and of course the U.S.
In the same way as the Tokyo event gives visiting jurors
the chance to drive some Japanese cars with limited
global accessibility, the L.A. Test Drives are critically
important as they provide jury members with access to
many American, Korean, Swedish and German contenders

BMW Japan CEO Peter Kronschnabl led a tour of the Tokyo Bay facility, offering insights
into the Japanese market

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing as many jurors


as possible at our L.A. Test Drives November 26 - 30th.

World Car Awards Chairman Peter Lyon addresses eager jurors ahead of the drive event Safe travels!
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WORLD CAR AWARDS, JAGUAR


AND McLAREN IN THE LIMELIGHT
AT LONDON MOTOR SHOW
BY MIKE RUTHERFORD, DIRECTOR & VICE-CHAIR OF THE WORLD CAR AWARDS

Jaguars two World Car Awards victories in April were


game-changers. The pair of newly-acquired trophies
promptly, prominently and proudly went on display within
the British firms glitzy exhibits at the New York and
Shanghai Auto Shows.

But at the smaller, more intimate London Motor Show a


few days later in early May, WCA had its very own stand
where the victorious Jag F-PACE, sporting a unique WCOTY
livery, was displayed alongside those much travelled and
coveted World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the
Year gongs.

Special security measures were deployed 24 hours a day


HRH Prince Michael of Kent made a beeline for the World Car stand at the London Show
to protect the pair of priceless awards which the car- in 2016 and again in 2017

mad British public seemed as interested in as the winning


vehicle itself. As one London showgoer accurately observed:

These are the Oscars of the car world and although you
often hear about such trophies, theyre rarely shown in the
flesh to ordinary members of the public like me - so it was
great to see them at the London Show.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar UKs Managing Director, added:

Since winning WCOTY, F-PACE has become one of the


greatest British automotive success stories and the
fastest-selling Jaguar ever; fully designed, developed and
built in the UK, it has in 2017 triumphed over some of the
worlds largest brands to win two World Car of the Year
titles. It was only right that the car and both of the trophies
it won were displayed in the UK at the London Motor Show
The World Car Awards stand at the London Motor Show attracted thousands of
showgoers keen to closely inspect Jags F-PACE - the 2017 WCOTY for the whole nation to see.
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Beaufort Securities confirmed that thousands of visitors


from the the UK and further afield dropped in on the World
Car stand which also included another true Brit - the
McLaren 570S which was one of the runners-up in our 2017
World Performance Car competition.

Showgoers appreciated the fact that they could get up close


and personal with the F-PACE and 570S while speaking
with World Car personnel about why these two models
were so highly rated by our global network of independent
jurors who voted back in January and February for their
favourite cars of 2017.

Tiff Needell - a daily visitor to the World Car stand in London last year and this year

Alec Mumford, Chairman of the London Motor Show said:


Its thanks to credible exhibitors like the World Car Awards
and the presence of exciting cars like the WCOTY-winning
Jaguar F-PACE that the London Motor Show has grown in
popularity and stature and is therefore able to move to a
bigger, better, more upmarket venue from 2018.

Celebrities, sports stars, leading motor industry figures,


ex-Formula One drivers and a member of the Royal Family
visited the World Car stand at Britains motoring event of
2017 in the capital of England.

A McLaren 570S, one of the runners-up in our 2017 World Performance Car competition,
surrounded by champagne bottles at the World Car Awards stand. Photo: Julian Greenley

The first round of voting for the 2018 World Car Awards is
now less than three months away. And for the third year in
succession, WCA will have its own stand at the next London
Motor Show.

The exhibition will be staged at Excel, a stones throw from


London City Airport between May 17 and 20, 2018.

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