The World Car Awards has revealed the long list of vehicles up for its 2016 World Car of the Year prizes. The annual awards recognize one overall favourite, and winners in the subcategories of World Green Car, World Performance Car, and World Car Design of the Year.
Nominees for 2016 World Car of the Year include the Audi A4; BMW X1, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Edge, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Nissan Maxima, Skoda Superb, Ssangyong Tivoli, Subaru Outback, Subaru Levorg (essentially a WRX wagon–droooool), Toyota Prius, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen Touran.
Vehicles up for World Luxury Car of the Year are the Audi Q7, BMW 7 Series, Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Infiniti Q30, Jaguar XF, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and Volvo XC90.
In the Green Car of the Year category, the BMW 330e goes up against the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes-Benz C 350e, Nissan X-Trail and Murano hybrids (we didn’t know there was such a thing as a Murano Hybrid…), Toyota Prius, Toyota Mirai, and Volkswagen’s Passat GTE.
Performance Car of the Year noms go to the Audi RS 3 Sportback, Audi R8, BMW X5/X6 M, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Camaro, Honda Civic Type-R, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Finally, the World Car Design long list includes the Audi Q7, Audi R8 coupe, BMW 2 Series convertible, BMW 7 Series, Hyundai Creta, and Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class coupe.
Between now and February 2016, WCOTY jurors (there are 72, from around the globe, including Canada’s Michel Deslauriers and Mark Richardson) will drive the contenders and cast their votes, after which accounting firm KPMG will announce the finalists in every category: top 10 for WCOTY, World Luxury Car, and World Performance Car, and top five for World Green Car and World Design. March 2016 will see the top three in each group announced at the Geneva auto show, and, finally, the winners will be revealed in April, 2016 at the New York auto show.
In the 2015 awards, Mercedes-Benz took three top awards: the C-Class sedan was voted WCOTY, the S-Class Coupe named World Luxury Car, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT got the nod for World Performance Car. BMW’s i8 was Green Car of the Year, and the Citroen Cactus C4 took the World Car Design award.