FACT SHEET

AWARD WINNERS:

2010:
Volkswagen Polo – World Car of the Year
Audi R8 V10 – World Performance Car
Volkswagen BlueMotion (Golf, Passat, Polo) – World Green Car
Chevrolet Camaro – World Car Design of the Year

2009:
Volkswagen Golf VI – World Car of the Year
Nissan GT-R – World Performance Car
Honda FCX Clarity – World Green Car
(Note: this is the second World Green Car win for Honda who previously won for the Honda Civic Hybrid in 2006.)
Fiat 500 – World Car Design of the Year
(Note: This is the second time that a Fiat design has been acknowledged. The Fiat Grande Punto was voted one of the top three finalists for the design title in 2007.)

2008:
Mazda2 / Mazda Demio – World Car of the Year
Audi R8 – World Performance Car
BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics – World Green Car
Audi R8 – World Car Design of the Year

2007:
Lexus LS460 – World Car of the Year
Audi RS4 – World Performance Car
Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec – World Green Car
Audi TT – World Car Design of the Year

2006:
BMW 3-Series – World Car of the Year
Porsche Cayman S – World Performance Car
Honda Civic Hybrid – World Green Car
Citroen C4 – World Car Design of the Year

2005:
Audi A6 - World Car of the Year


WHAT ARE THE WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS ?

Initially conceived and created March 2003, the awards were officially launched in January 2004.

The awards are a program initiated by, organized by, and conducted by automotive journalists from all over the world.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of distinguished automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.

The first Steering Committee was established in January 2004 in Detroit, USA.

The World Car head office is based in Toronto, Canada.

The awards are intended to complement, not compete with those existing national and regional COTY awards, which are inherently different in scope.

There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

CRITICAL PATH / TIMELINE:

May - June: Nomination of new jurors

June: List of eligible vehicles established by jurors.

June to January: Jurors drive and evaluate eligible vehicles if they have not already done so on various press trips.

January: First round of voting and Top Ten finalists announced.

February / March:  Final round of voting and Top Three finalists announced.

March / April: All World Car Award winners announced at the New York International Auto Show.

WHO ARE THE JURY MEMBERS?

A volunteer jury of over 60 distinguished automotive journalists represents the world’s most significant automotive outlets. All hold significant stature with their own regions and countries, which include: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

Jurors are appointed for one, two, or three year terms to provide continuity.

Jurors must conduct regular road-tests as part of their on-going professional work.

HOW ARE CARS NOMINATED ?

Each jury member submits a proposed list of eligible vehicles for consideration.

A provisional list is circulated to manufacturers to ensure no car has been overlooked and to confirm regional availability deadlines.

The final list is confirmed in June of each year.

WHAT IS THE VOTING PROCESS?

Jurors are provided with WCOTY Rating Forms, describing 20 separate parameters to be considered – everything from styling and quality to performance and safety.

Each parameter is rated from 1 to 10, in half point increments, using a standardized Subjective Rating Scale, to promote consistency.

The first round of voting establishes the Top-Ten list of eligible vehicles.

The second round of voting chooses winners. Five key parameters are used on ballot: merit, value, safety & environment, significance and emotional appeal.

The ballots tabulated by the international accounting firm of KPMG.

SPECIALTY AWARDS:

The World Car of the Year Awards are intended to reflect today’s automotive industry and market trends. Accordingly, three specialty awards were added to the World Car of the Year awards line-up in October 2005.

The three specialty awards are currently: World Green Car, World Performance Car, and World Car Design of the Year.

There are additional specialty awards in the works, e.g. World Safety Award and World Urban Mobility Award. The additional awards will be launched when warranted.

Panels of international experts in the design and “green” fields are chosen to assist the jurors by developing a short list of finalists in these categories. The jurors then vote on the experts’ short-listed recommendations.

CONTACT INFO:

Beth Rhind, Executive Manager, 1-705-924-3444, beth@wcoty.com , www.wcoty.com.