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Candidates revealed for World Car 2018

The Road to World Car 2018 began today at the Frankfurt Motor Show

2018 World Car Awards

The journey on The Road to World Car 2018 began today at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) with the release of a preliminary list of candidates in six categories, including the overall World Car of the Year.

More than 80 international automotive jurors have embarked on the Road to World Car as they test-drive and tell the stories of the eligible cars in six categories prior to voting by secret ballot in January 2018.

The journey includes a stop in Los Angeles for test-drives in November, the announcement of short-listed contenders in February, and another stop at the Geneva International Motor Show in March when the top three finalists in each category will be declared.

It ends at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 with the announcement of the winners in the six categories and the official opening of the New York show.

It will be the 12th year of World Car's partnership with the New York show, and the fifth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the No.1 automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.

Champagne kickoff

The 2018 journey kicked off in Frankfurt with a champagne media reception at the Jaguar stand to celebrate the 2017 World Car of the Year winner – the Jaguar F-PACE – and to release the preliminary list of candidates for 2018.

Some of the candidates for the 2018 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, World Urban Car and the World Car Design of the Year are shown in the accompanying photos. The complete preliminary  list of contenders is as follows:


Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Buick Regal / Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Citroën C3 Aircross
Dacia Duster
Ford Fiesta
Genesis G70
Honda Accord
Hyundai Kona
Jeep Compass
Kia Niro
Kia Picanto
Kia Stinger

Kia Stonic
Land Rover Discovery
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Nissan LEAF
Nissan Micra
Peugeot 3008
Range Rover Velar
Renault Koléos
SEAT Ibiza
Skoda Karoq
SsangYong Rexton G4
Subaru XV/Crosstrek
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen T-Roc
Volkswagen Arteon
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC40


Audi A8
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Lexus LS
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera


Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Audi RS 3 Sedan
Audi RS 5 Coupé
Ferrari Portofino
Honda Civic Type R
Hyundai i30N
Lexus LC 500
Renault Alpine A110
Volkswagen Polo GTI


BMW 530e iPerformance
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Hyundai FE
Nissan LEAF


Ford Fiesta
Hyundai Kona
Kia Picanto
Kia Stonic
Nissan Micra
SEAT Ibiza
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Polo


Vehicles eligible for any of the other World Car awards are also eligible and automatically entered for the World Car Design award.

In addition, the following stand-alone entries are also nominated as candidates:
BMW i8 Roadster
Lamborghini Urus

World Car has a dual mission of celebrating the best of today and inspiring the best ideas for tomorrow, with the support of its partners, which include the New York International Auto Show, Prime Research, Autoneum, Bridgestone Corporation, Newspress (media partner) and KPMG (vote tabulation).

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