World Car of the Year 2021: shortlist announced
We’ve helped narrow down the World Car of the Year entries to just 10 contenders. The winner will be announced on 20th April
The 2021 World Car of the Year jurors have narrowed down the list of competitors for this year’s final award. Now, there’s just 10 cars to choose from in the main category and five cars in the supporting Urban, Luxury, Performance and Design categories.
Among the panel of judges is Auto Express’s own editor-in-chief Steve Fowler and columnist Mike Rutherford. Each category will be further trimmed down to just three entries each over the next month and the winners will be announced on the World Car of the Year YouTube channel on 20th April.
To be eligible for the World Car of the Year award, entrants must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units per year, must be priced below the luxury car threshold in their respective regions and must be sold in at least two major markets (such as Europe, China, Japan, USA, Latin America and Korea).
Slightly different regulations apply to the World Urban, World Luxury and World Performance Car of the Year awards. The former two categories require production figures of at least 5,000 units per year, while the latter only requires an annual volume of 2,000 units. World Urban Car of the Year entrants must also not measure more than 4.2 metres long.
Finally, all cars eligible for any of the World Car of the Year categories are automatically entered into the draw for the World Car Design of the Year award. The winner will be decided by a panel of seven automotive design experts, including former Aston Martin and Jaguar design lead Ian Callum, plus Tom Matano, the former head of Mazda’s design department.
The shortlists for each of the 2021 World Car of the Year awards can be found below…
2021 World Car of the Year
- Audi A3
- BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
- BMW 4 Series
- Honda e
- Kia Optima / K5
- Kia Sorento
- Mazda MX-30
- Mercedes-Benz GLA
- Toyota Yaris
- Volkswagen ID.4
2021 World Urban Car
2021 World Luxury Car
2021 World Performance Car
2021 World Car Design
2020 World Car of the Year winners
The Mazda 3 was claimed the World Car Design of the Year award, stealing the favour of the judges from the Peugeot 208 and Porsche Taycan. However, the Taycan didn’t walk away empty handed, as it won both the World Performance Car of the Year and World Luxury Car of the Year awards.
Read on to see the full list of all the World Car of the Year winners to date…
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