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The World Car Awards (WCOTY) (French: Prix mondial de la Voiture de l'année) is an automobile award selected by a jury of 82 international automotive journalists from 24 countries. Cars considered must be sold in at least five countries, on at least two continents prior to 1 January of the year of the award. The contest was inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004. This was as a unified award, similar to many of the continent, and nation-specific Car of the Year awards already given.[1] Since 2006, awards for performance, green cars, and car design have also been given.[2] In 2013, an award for luxury design was inaugurated.

History[edit]

Volkswagen Golf VII is the 2013 World Car of the Year
Porsche Boxster is the 2013 World Performance Car
2005
Ten finalists were reduced to three, before the winner was selected at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. The Audi A6, Porsche 911, and Volvo S40/V50 were the top–three finalists.
2006
For 2006, in addition to the WCOTY award, the performance, green, and design categories were added; the award was announced at the New York International Auto Show. The BMW 3 Series, Mazda MX-5, and Porsche Cayman were the top–three finalists.
2007
The Lexus LS, MINI, and Audi TT were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2008
The Mazda2 / Demio, Ford Mondeo, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2009
The Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, and Toyota iQ were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2010
The Volkswagen Polo, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A5 were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2011
The Nissan Leaf, Audi A8, and BMW 5 Series were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2012
The Volkswagen up!, BMW 3 Series, and Porsche 911 were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2013
The Volkswagen Golf, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster and Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT-86 were the top–four finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2014
The Audi A3, Mazda3 and BMW 4 Series were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.
2015
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mustang were the top–three finalists. The winner was announced at the New York International Auto Show.

Results[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year World Car of the Year World Performance Car World Green Car World Car Design of the Year World Luxury Car World Urban Car
2005 Audi A6  
2006 BMW 3 Series Porsche Cayman S Honda Civic Hybrid Citroën C4  
2007 Lexus LS 460 Audi RS4 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec Audi TT  
2008 Mazda2 / Demio Audi R8 BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics Audi R8  
2009 Volkswagen Golf Mk6 Nissan GT-R Honda FCX Clarity Fiat Nuova 500  
2010 Volkswagen Polo Audi R8 V10 Volkswagen BlueMotion Chevrolet Camaro  
2011 Nissan Leaf Ferrari 458 Italia Chevrolet Volt Aston Martin Rapide  
2012 Volkswagen up! Porsche 991 Mercedes-Benz S250 BlueEfficiency Range Rover Evoque  
2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Porsche Boxster / Cayman Tesla Model S Jaguar F-Type  
2014 Audi A3 Porsche 911 GT3 BMW i3 BMW i3[3] Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222)
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205) Mercedes-AMG GT BMW i8 Citroën C4 Cactus[4] Mercedes-Benz S-Class (C217)
2016 Mazda MX-5 Audi R8 Coupe Toyota Mirai Mazda MX-5 BMW 7 Series
2017 Jaguar F-PACE Porsche Boxster Cayman Toyota Prius Prime Jaguar F-PACE Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW i3
2018 Volvo XC60 BMW M5 Nissan LEAF Range Rover Velar Audi A8 Volkswagen Polo

Finalists and top 3[edit]

Year World Car of the Year World Performance Car World Green Car World Car Design of the Year World Luxury Car World Urban Car
2005
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2007

2008



2009



2010



2011



2012



2013



2014




2015




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2017[6]





2018[7]





Total wins by manufacturer[edit]

Manufacture Total Wins World Car of the Year World Performance Car World Green Car World Car Design of the Year World Luxury Car World Urban Car
Germany Audi 9 2 (2005, 2014) 4 (2007, 2008, 2010, 2016) 2 (2007, 2008) 1 (2018)
Germany BMW 8 1 (2006) 1 (2018) 3 (2008, 2014, 2015) 1 (2014) 1 (2016) 1 (2017)
Germany Mercedes-Benz 7 1 (2015) 1 (2015) 2 (2007, 2012) 3 (2014, 2015, 2017)
Germany Volkswagen 6 4 (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) 1 (2010) 1 (2018)
Germany Porsche 5 5 (2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
Japan Mazda 3 2 (2008, 2016) 1 (2016)
United Kingdom Jaguar 1 (2017) 2 (2013, 2017)
Japan Nissan 1 (2011) 1 (2009) 1 (2018)
Japan Toyota/Lexus 1 (2007) 2 (2016, 2017)
Japan Honda 2 2 (2006, 2009)
United States Chevrolet 1 (2011) 1 (2010)
France Citroën 2 (2006, 2015)
United Kingdom Range Rover 2 (2012, 2018)
Sweden Volvo 1 1 (2018)
Italy Ferrari 1 (2011)
Italy Fiat 1 (2009)
United States Tesla 1 (2013)
United Kingdom Aston Martin 1 (2011)

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