2018 World Car of the Year finalists announced

Finalists for the 2018 World Car of the Year have been announced, with a number of interesting ones in the running for the top award. Finalists for all categories have also been listed, such as the World Luxury Car, World Performance Car and Green Car of the year.

For 2018, the awards also include World Urban Car of the Year. This is for small, city-suitable vehicles. In the past 12 months there have been quite a few interesting arrivals in this field, such as the Hyundai Kona and Suzuki Swift. And according to the judges, these five spiked the most attention in terms of the marking criteria:

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Nissan Mirca
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Volkswagen Polo

Next up, the World Green Car of the Year. This is for new vehicles that have made extensive progress in regards to being environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient. A number of the finalists this year aren’t available in Australia, or yet in the case of the new Nissan LEAF. Here are the top runners so far:

  • BMW 530e iPerformance
  • Chevrolet Cruze diesel
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Nissan LEAF

As for the World Luxury Car of the Year, the judges have earmarked the following vehicles. The new BMW 6 Series GT is an interesting one. In our recent review of the car we found it to be surprisingly luxurious, even more so than the 7 Series, almost. The new Lexus LS is also shaping up to be not only a superb design, but well-received in other areas such as powertrain technology and innovation.

  • Audi A8
  • BMW 6 Series GT
  • Lexus LS
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Panamera

Only two finalists have been picked for the World Car Design of the Year. One has been around for a couple of years now, with the recent addition of a roadster version, and the other is one of the biggest surprise moves of the decade – who would have thought Lamborghini would ever introduce an SUV?

BMW i8
Lamborghini Urus

In terms of the World Performance Car of the Year, all of the finalists seem equally attractive in our eyes. There’s the new M5, which we’re very much looking forward to, and the cracking Honda Civic Type R. We think the Lexus LC 500 deserves a lot of credit, thanks to its beautiful design and perfectly fitting V8 engine. We’ll have to wait and see for the final results.

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
  • Audi RS 3
  • BMW M5
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Lexus LC 500

Lastly, the finalists for the 2018 World Car of the Year. A few surprises are in the mix this year, including the excellent new Toyota Camry and BMW X3. We have a feeling the Kia Stinger will take the crown though, as it has really shaken the industry and proves genuine luxury sports cars needn’t be expensive or built by a premium brand.

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • BMW X3
  • Kia Stinger
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Range Rover Velar
  • Toyota Camry
  • Volkswagen T-Roc
  • Volvo XC60

The winners will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on March 28, with three finalists narrowed down at the Geneva motor show on March 6.

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.