Audi-Jaguar-and-VW-up-for-World-Car-AwardThe finalists have been announced for the 2017 World Car Awards and Audi, Jaguar and Volkwagen make up the top trio. In fact, all three of the finalists are SUVs – the Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Reflecting the overall shift of car buying moving towards the SUV, the exclusive trio were shortlisted by an international jury comprised of the world’s top motoring journalists. The winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April.

Both Audi and VW have scooped the World Car of the Year previously, but Jaguar has yet to win the coveted award. In fact, the F-Pace is actually up for two awards, having also been nominated in the World Design of the Year segment alongside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR. The British company’s SUV is the only manufacturer up for two WCOTY awards.

Audi’s R8 Spyder is nominated for the 2017 World Performance Car award alongside the McLaren 570S and Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. The well established World Luxury Car Award is to be duelled out by the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Volvo S90/V90.

The World Green Car finalists for 2017 are the Chevrolet Bolt EV family car, the Tesla Model X electric SUV and the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. A new award for 2017 is the World Urban Car, which aims to pick out smart thinking in the city car category. The BMW i3 84Ah, Citroen C3 and Suzuki Ignis are shortlisted there.

The World Car Awards has been confirmed as the globe’s number-one automotive awards for the fourth successive year.

2017 World Car Awards: the Top Three in the World 

2017 World Car of the Year

Audi Q5

Jaguar F-Pace

Volkswagen Tiguan


2017 World Luxury Car

BMW 5 Series

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Volvo S90 / V90


2017 World Performance Car

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S

Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman


2017 World Green Car

Chevrolet Bolt

Tesla Model X

Toyota Prius Prime


2017 World Urban Car

BMW i3 (94 Ah)

Citroen C3

Suzuki Ignis


2017 World Car Design of the Year

Jaguar F-Pace

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Toyota C-HR


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