2015 World Car of the Year finalists announced

February 11, 2015

It’s that time of year again, the World Car of the Year awards is around for 2015. The finalists for all categories have just been announced.

BMW i8

A jury of 75 international automotive experts were selected this year to do the totting up to try and find the World Luxury Car of the Year, the World Performance Car of the Year, and the hum-dinger, the World Car of the Year.

So far the team has narrowed down ten finalists for the overall award. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  • Ford Mustang
  • Hyundai Genesis
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Mazda2
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • MINI 5 Door
  • Nissan QASHQAI
  • Volkswagen Passat

For the 2015 World Luxury Car of the Year, ten contenders have been sort. They are:

  • BMW i8
  • BMW X6
  • Cadillac ATS Coupe
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Kia K900
  • Lexus NX
  • Lexus RC
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
  • Range Rover Autobiography

Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for, the finalists for the 2015 World Performance Car of the Year. They are:

  • Audi S1
  • Audi S3
  • Audi TT/TTS
  • Bentley Continental GT Speed
  • BMW M3/M4
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
  • Lexus RC F
  • Mercedes-AMG GT

For all of the tree-huggers out there, five finalists have been selected for the chance to take home the 2015 World Green Car of the Year award. They are:

  • BMW i8
  • Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE

And lastly, for the art fanatics out there, a special group of five experts hand-picked five finalists for the 2015 World Car Design of the Year. In order for a vehicle to be considered for the World Car Design of the Year award, it must either be on the World Car candidate list (above), or it may be included separately so long as it is or has been on sale in one major market from January 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. The finalists are:

  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  • Citroen C4 Cactus
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Porsche Macan
  • Volvo XC90

All winners will be announced on April 2 at the New York International Auto Show. Judges will narrow down to just three finalists during the Geneva Motor Show in March.

What do you think will be crowned the overall winner? We’re betting it will be the BMW i8 since it seems to cover all bases.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.