WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS: 2007 Jurors



MIKE ALLEN
United States

Associate automotive editor: Popular Mechanics magazine

Mike Allen has been the associate automotive editor at Popular Mechanics since 1986. He's the magazine's test driver for instrumented testing for all comparison tests and writes extensively about automotive maintenance and repair. Reviews of new cars, light trucks and motorcycles, as well as additional feature writing, also fill his days. Allen started his automotive career as a freelancer and spent several years at Sandy Corporation, a training and consulting firm in Troy, Michigan. A Michigan native, he attended Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Graduating from Michigan State, Allen was an active autocrosser and amateur sports car racer active in Porsche Club and SCCA. His racing career brought him to SCCA and IMSA professional racing licenses, driving stints in more than a dozen endurance races and an overall win in the Nelson Ledges 24-hours, as well as 11 world land speed records.



CARLOS ALBERTO ANGIÓ
Argentina

Director :Mega Autos Magazine, MegaNews (The only Newspaper about the Automotive Industry)

Dealer owner (Family Group) for past 40 years with Ford, General Motors, and Volkswagen.



MASATSUGU ARIMOTO
Japan

Contrbutor: Axis, Rosso, J's Tipo, Car & Driver Japan, Car Styling

Masatsugu Arimoto has been a full-time freelance automotive journalist since 1988 and regularly contributes to the above magazines. He formerly worked for Nissan Diesel Motor Co. as a designer of heavy and medium trucks from 1978 to 1988. Arimoto is a jury member for the Japan Car of the Year, the Japan Good Design Award, the Auto Colour Awards and a board member of the Japan Automobile Journalist Association.



JAVIER BARRANCO
Mexico

Editor: Automovil Panamericano magazine and Automovil TV

Barranco began his automotive writing career in Madrid, Spain writing for Motorpress Iberica and Luike Motorpress.

He moved to Mexico in 2004 to join the team of Motorpress Televisa.

In addition to the 3-4 road tests that he publishes each month in Automovil Panamericano magazine, he is a rally and motorcross enthusiast.





DR. HORST BAUER
Austria

Motoring Editor, Kurier

Horst Bauer is based in Vienna, Austria and heads the weekly motoring-supplement of the nationwide newspaper Kurier, the biggest of its kind in the German language. A University of Vienna philosophy graduate, Bauer started his freelance career working as a theatre critic and TV host of a German language program on Italian TV before switching to automotive writing in 1987. He now heads the "Motor-Kurier" supplement since 1995 and is not only road-testing cars for more than 15 years but has also sampled a wide range of driving-experiences: off-roading on the Rubicon-Trail, track-testing WRC-Rally-Cars, riding the LeMans-Winning Viper.



LUC BAZIZIN
France

Reporter - France 2 TV

Luc Bazizin is a reporter for a number of TV shows on France's TV network "France 2". Some of the shows he contributes to are: Journal de chroniques Automobiles, "Télé matin " and "Au bout du compte".

In addition, he is also the special events reporter for the prime time show "Envoyé Spécial".

He is also "chef de service" for the programme "Au Service Economie", again on France 2 TV.



PETER BURGESS
United Kingdom

Editor-in-chief: World Car Guide; Editor: Auto Express Car; Contributor: MSN

Peter Burgess runs Motoring Research Ltd in the UK, an editorial agency specializing in motoring magazine and web site content. He is editor of the UK Car Catalogue, editor-in-chief of the Daily Express World Car Guide and chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers in the UK.



DAN CARNEY
United States

Director, Steering Committe
Contributor: MSNBC.com, Edmunds Inside Line, Automotive Engineering International, Sports Car International, Truck Trend, Racecar Engineering

Dan Carney is a career freelancer who started writing about motorcycles and motorsports 15 years ago. He continues to ride motorcycles, especially for trips into the city. He has just finished his two-year term as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and has begun service as president emeritus. Carney specializes in writing about new technology, using his location in the Washington, D.C. area to focus especially on safety and environment-related developments. He races a Swift DB-1 Formula Ford in Sports Car Club of America National races and especially enjoys the opportunity to track test new racecars. He has authored two books, "Honda S2000" and "Dodge Viper," published by Motorbooks International.



JEREMY CATO
Canada

Senior auto writer: Globe and Mail Megawheels; Host: Report on Business Television

Jeremy Cato is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist who has covered the auto industry for 20 years. He is the senior auto writer for the Globe and Mail's Megawheels section and hosts the weekly television show Car/Business on ROB TV (Report on Business Television). His work has appeared in Report on Business Magazine (ROB), B.C. Business, Moneysense magazine, as well as syndicated newspapers across Canada. In addition, he was host and executive producer of "The Car Show," a live hour-long radio show broadcast across the country as well as two television shows "The Car Pros" and "Drivers' Seat." As an automotive journalist, Cato is an expert on cars and trucks - the issues, the products and the players - from the inside out. During his career, Cato has won more than two dozen awards for journalistic excellence. In 2003, he was named (Canadian) Automobile Journalist of the Year for the second time (the first was 1999).



JOOSIK CHOI
Korea

Editor in Chief: Carlife

Currently, car columnist and the editor-in-chief for Carlife Magazine. The company has a twenty year history. Moreover, the company is the pioneer of automobile magazines. The number of circulation and readers are the highest of any Korean magazine.



ROBERT COLLIN
Sweden

Staff writer: Aftonblade

Robert Collin is a journalism graduate who began his career writing for all types of newspapers and magazines before specializing in automotive journalism beginning in 1984. He wrote about cars for the Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld from 1984 to 1998. He is best known for his campaign to force Mercedes to withdraw their A-Class car from the market so that the chassis could be redone, and ESP added, before starting to sell the car again. Collin won Sweden's top journalist prize in 1998 as a result of his article on the Mercedes car. Collin has been writing for Sweden's leading daily newspaper Aftonblade since 1999.



BRIAN COWAN
New Zealand

Editor-at-large: Autocar

New Zealand-born Brian Cowan began his working career as a civil engineer but a life-long passion with motorcycles saw him begin to write part time about bikes in the late 1960s, taking the plunge into full-time freelance journalism in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Cowan lost a fight with a truck (and his right arm) in 1977, but stayed in motorcycle journalism, editing "Two Wheels" magazine for several years. Returning to New Zealand in the mid-1980s, he shifted emphasis to cars and trucks. A former editor of "New Zealand Autocar," he is currently associate editor of "New Zealand Truck & Driver," writes an auto column for several regional newspapers and contributes regularly to international automotive technical magazines, including "Engine Technology International," "Testing Technology International" and "Vehicle Dynamics International." He is a former president of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild and has won several Qantas media awards for automotive journalism.



XAVIER DAFFE
Belgium

Editor-in-Chief, Le Moniteur Automobile

After graduating in media relations in 1991, Daffe began writing road test reviews for the French magazine «Action Auto-Moto». He was then hired by Moniteur Automobile in Belgium to produce their buyers’ guide. He then became a regular road-tester and eventually took over as Editor in Chief of the magazine in March 2006.





MATT DAVIS
Italy

Director, Steering Committee
Winding Road worldwide (European Editor); European Car and Robb Report in the United States; Auto Express, UK International Press, and Octane in the United Kingdom; Gen

So far as auto enthusiast publications go, Matt Davis remains the only American correspondent living and working in Europe. He contributes regularly to Winding Road in the United States (www.windingroad.com) as European Editor and can count some 20 additional publications around the world as frequent clients. He has also written books on various car subjects, particularly in the areas of design and designers. He calls northern Italy home.




XIA DONG
China

Chief Editor of Auto, Motor and Sport

Xia Dong began his automotive career working for Mercedes and then Ferrari as sales manager. He became an automotive journalist in 1999 working for the Chinese edition of Auto Motor Und Sport. Shortly thereafter he and a team of journalists created two Chinese car magazines, China Auto Pictorial and Cars For You. They now produce an annual Auto Catalogue highlighting the "best new" vehicles. In addition, Dong founded, in 2001, the Chinese Car of the Year Awards.



EZRA DYER
United States

Contributor: Automobile, Esquire, New York Times

Ezra Dyer writes a humor column for the Improper Bostonian Magazine, whose staff he joined in 2000.

The following year, he contributed his first piece to Automobile Magazine, and these days he's a regular contributor to Automobile, Esquire and the New York Times.

He lives in Boston, where he has an off-street parking spot, don't you worry.



THOMAS GEIGER
Germany

Contributor, Welt am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung, Deutsche Presse Agentur, Der Spiegel (on-line).

For more then 10 years, Geiger is kept busy with regular road tests, press launches. In addition to his new car reviews, he also writes about design, new technologies, sustainable mobility, and customer service amongst other topics.



KEN GIBSON
United Kingdom

The Sun, England

Former scribe for Autocar, Gibson today reaches millions with his opinionated and respected motoring column in Britain's most popular daily newspaper, The Sun. He is also a member of the International Engine of the Year Awards jury.



LEONID GOLOVANOV
Russia


Leonid Golovanov, born in Moscow in 1968, joined automotive journalism in 1995 as reporter of russian automotive newspaper Autoreview. Now, 10 years later, he still stays with Autoreview - now as deputy editor responsible for road tests, crash-tests and special technical issues. In year 2000 awarded as the best automotive journalist in Russia.



GREG KABLE
Germany

(AutoCar UK, AutoWeek USA, Motor - Australia, Sydney Morning Herald Australia, Melbourne Age Australia, Car Top Japan, Motoring Singapore, Car Taiwan)





YASUHIKO KAWAMURA
Japan

Contributor: Car and Driver (Japan), Autobytel-japan.com, Motor Magazine, Motor Fan, Rosso, Web Car Graphic,

A graduate of the mechanical engineering department of Japan's Kogakuin University, Kawamura is one of the country's most highly regarded motoring journalists. Starting out as a news editor with Motor Fan magazine in the early 80s, he soon left to become a freelance writer. Over the next 20 years, he developed a no-nonsense, intelligent and witty style that is a much sought after commodity in the local industry. He is rather partial to German metal and owns a Porsche Cayman S and a VW Lupo GTI, and votes on the Japan Car of the Year jury panel.



JAMIE KITMAN
United States

Top Gear (UK) - US Editor; Automobile Magazine - New York Bureau Chief

In addition to the above responsibilities, Kitman also contributes to GQ, the New York Times and other publications, and is a frequent presence on American and British radio and TV.

A lawyer by training and member of the New York and New Jersey bars, as well as president of the Hornblow Group USA, Inc., a music management concern, his report on the history of lead in gasoline, which appeared in The Nation, won the IRE medal for investigative magazine reporting and is the subject of a book he is writing for Simon & Schuster.

A frequent judge at concours events, Kitman admits to owning more than 18 old cars, including three Lancias, a couple of Alfa Romeos and Colin Chapman's personal Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. II.



JORGE KOECHLIN
United States

Contributor, AutoMundo





PETER LYON
Japan

Co-Chair, Steering Committe
Japan-based contributor for Car and Driver, Edmunds.com, Auto Express, Quattroruote, Auto Bild, The Age/drive.com.au, Motor magazine, Evo, Holiday Auto, Best Car,

Entering his 20th year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide, including America's Car and Driver, Britain's Auto Express, Italy's Quattroruote and Germany's Auto Bild. As a fluent speaker and writer of Japanese, he writes for several of Japan's most influential automotive publications and appears on Japanese TV and radio. Regarded as the most prolific bilingual automotive writer and translator in the country, he has translated a book on Bridgestone Motorsport, writes for Sony's Gran Turismo, and whenever possible, races a Mazda MX-5 in the local one-make series. In addition to his position as WCOTY juror, he also votes on the jury panel for the Japan Car of the Year award, the Car and Driver "10Best" award and the International Engine of the Year award. Having had a soft spot for British cars since before he can remember, he finally got his hands on a Sherwood Green Jaguar XJ8 in the summer of 2005, and can't imagine ever letting it go.



GERRY MALLOY
Canada

Co-Chair, Steering Committee
Contributor: Toronto Star, Canadian Auto Dealer, MSN Autos (Canada)

After more than 20 years as an automotive test and development engineer, Gerry Malloy turned his hand to automotive journalism. In his 14 years as such, he has become Canada's only three-time Automotive Journalist of the Year, and has won several other awards for his writing. While his passions are automotive history and technology, his work covers the full range of the automotive spectrum, including new car and truck previews and reviews, racing and safety and environmental issues. He also played a major role in the continued development of the Canadian Car of the Year awards program over a 10-year period.



MARCO MARELLI
Italy

Gente Motori and Auto & Fuoristrada

Marco began his career in freelance before he started working in Motorsport (F.1, F.Indy, Rally) in PR. In 1992, Marco began workeing for such newspapers as Il Gazzettino, Il Tempo and magazines Auto Oggi and Rombo.

In 1999 Marco Al Volante, italian magazine. Currently Marco works for Gente Motori and Auto & Fuoristrada as Capo Redattore. Marco is a member of the Italian Automotive Journalist Association.



HIDESHI MATSUDA
Japan

Contributor: Best Car, Holiday Auto, Motor Magazine, Navi, J’s Tipo, Car Sensor, Xacar, Genroq, Response

Matsuda's ability to evaluate new cars and technology to such an in- depth degree is drawn from over two decades of top level motor racing experience. As one of a handful of Japanese drivers to have raced in both Indy 500 and Le Mans, he has also raced open-wheelers and touring cars, and currently pilots a Ferrari in Japan's Super GT300 class series. While he may be exceptionally quick on the race track, he is highly respected in the industry as a motor journalist with rare insight into the intricacies of handling and performance. He also works as a guest TV commentator for the Japan round of America's IRL series and votes on the jury panel of Japan's Car of the Year award.



JOHN MCCORMICK
United States

Contributor: Detroit News, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Houston Chronicle and Popular Science

British-born John McCormick came to the United States in 1986 to join AutoWeek magazine after four years as deputy editor of Britain's prestigious CAR magazine. McCormick moved from AutoWeek to Ward's Auto World and then became an independent auto writer in 1992. Today, McCormick is one of the leading United States-based international automotive writers, contributing to publications in every major market around the world. In Europe, McCormick contributes to leading consumer automotive magazines in every major market ‹ Top Gear in the UK, Auto Zeitung in Germany, L'Automobile in France, Gente Motori in Italy and Autopista in Spain. In the Pacific Rim region, McCormick is the United States editor for Driver magazine in Japan and contributes to the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. Widely travelled, McCormick's expertise includes new vehicle evaluation as well as reporting on automotive industry developments, supplier activities, production facilities, personnel and business matters.



BILL MCKINNON
Australia

Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Car Buyer, 4WD Buyer

Bill McKinnon has been testing cars and motorcycles for more than 20 years. The early part of his career included editing Australia's major motorcycle magazine, Two Wheels. He then edited The Open Road, a motoring/travel magazine with a circulation of 1.5 million.

He is currently chief road tester for the Sydney Morning Herald, editor of Australian New Car Buyer and 4WD Buyer magazines, and a contributor to many other publications. He also continues to test motorcycles, though not often enough.




FERNANDO MIRANDA
Argentina

Editor-in-chief: Autoplus, Transporte Mundial, La Moto, and Maxituning magazines

Miranda is a well known journalist in South America. He began his career as a freelancer working for La Nacion newspaper and Siete Dias magazine in 1988.

He joined the team at Motorpress Argentina in 1996 where he assumed the position of Editor-in-chief for Road Test, Auto Test magazines.

He became Editorial Director of Motorpress Televisa in 2002.

His current Editor-in-chief responsibilities Autoplus, Maxituning, Transporte Mundial, and La Moto magazines published in Argentina and Mexico.



PETER NUNN
Japan

Contributor: Automobile Magazine, Car Graphic, Wheels, Auto Motor Und Sport, Globalautonet.com, Automobile Year, Auto, News from JAMA, La Repubblica plus contributions to CAR, Evo and Top Gear in the

Peter Nunn lives and works in Tokyo, writing full-time on the Japanese car industry. With Haymarket in the UK (Classic &Sportscar, What Car?) for eight years, then moved to Tokyo in May 1988. Today, contributing regularly to frontline media in Japan, US, Europe, Australia and cyberspace. Member of Japan's Car of the Year judging panel and also votes for International Engine of the Year. Member of the UK Guild of Motoring Writers.



HANNES OOSTHUIZEN
South Africa

Deputy Editor, CAR

A journalism graduate, Oosthuizen joined CAR in 2001 as a staff writer. In the five years since he has progressed to his current position of Deputy Editor. Besides his road testing and other monthly duties, he is tasked with writing CAR's Update section, covering new model introductions and future previews.



KOJI OZAWA
Japan

Contributor: Best Car, Engine, Lapita, webCarGraphic, Smart, Begin, Takarajima, Form, nikkeibp.jp

Ozawa tells us that after he graduated from university, he started working at a certain Japanese carmaker before deciding that the publishing game was his calling. Having completed a short time as an assistant editor at Japan's prestigious Navi magazine, he soon made the switch to freelance 'variety' motor journalist and has never looked back. His slightly off-beat yet always entertaining approach to the discipline sees his services on demand from specialist motoring magazines to lifestyle publications to weekly radio shows. As a judge for Japan's Car of the Year award, Ozawa loves cars, currently owning a 911 Carrera 2, Mini Cooper and a Rolls Royce
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MACIEJ PERTYNSKI
Poland

Contributor: Auto-Moto, Motor

Pertynski's primary area of interest is car history and design. He has been conducting regular road tests of new automobiles since 1995. Before becoming a journalist, Pertynski worked for Renault Poland. He is multilingual and speaks English, German, French, Arabic and Russian in addition to his native Polish.



ROBERT PRZYBYLSKI
Poland

Contributor: Rzeczpospolita

Robert Przybylski is a freelance automotive journalist who has been writing about cars since 1992. He began his career as a staff writer for the monthly Motomagazyn and became their deputy editor-in-chief in 1996. He was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1998. In 2002 he moved over to the Rzeczpospolita newspaper where he is staff writer for their automotive section until this day. Przybylski has also contributed to Georgano's Encyclopedia of Cars, Antique Automobile and SAH Journal.



JOHN RETTIE
United States

Contributor: New Car Test Drive (US), Motor Trend (US), European Car (US), The Car Connection (US), Auto Express (UK).

John Rettie is an internationally renowned British writer and photographer, specializing on automotive topics and high technology, who lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Rettie has managed to pack a wide range of experiences into his career since leaving university 36 years ago.

In 1987, following a two-year stint with Ward's Auto World, he joined J.D. Power and Associates and quickly became editorial director. Between 1990 and 1993 he also wrote a weekly road-test column for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. After nine years at J.D. Power and Associates, John returned to working as an independent writer and photographer in 1997 -- his work appearing in magazines and on web sites all over the world.

Rettie was a member of the jury for the North American Car of the Year award for 13 years and president of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles in 1990, 2004 and 2005.




KENICHI SAKURAI
Japan

Rosso Magazine

 



JIM SCOUTTEN
United States

Contributor: Car and Driver Radio

Jim Scoutten began his career in television with 15 years of general interest broadcast journalism working in TV news as reporter, anchor, producer and news director for stations in Honolulu, Phoenix, Seattle, Savannah, Georgia, and the greater Houston area. In 1991 Scoutten began to contribute freelance automotive reviews to the independent TNN show, Road Test Magazine, which became Motor Trend Television in 1995. In 1999, following the sale of Petersen Publishing to a group of investors, Motor Trend TV seamlessly became Car and Driver Television. Scoutten continued his work as senior producer, primary writer, field reporter and host. In 2003 Scoutten was instrumental in establishing Car and Driver Radio with the series host, Alan Taylor. Scoutten appears regularly on the show series, providing vehicle reviews heard in more than 80 radio markets and on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.



HORMAZD SORABJEE
India

Editor, Autocar India magazine

Hormazd Sorabjee is widely acknowledged as India's most respected automotive journalist. He established Autocar India as the leading and most influential automobile magazine in India. Hormazd began his career with The Indian Auto Journal in 1986 where he pioneered the concept of automotive journalism and road testing in India. Since then, Hormazd has been closely involved with the auto industry and market and his articles have appeared in all major publications in India and abroad. He is considered an authority on the Indian automobile market and is widely quoted by the media. He hosts the very popular 'Auto Selector' section on CNBC channel's 'The Auto Show' to give consumer advice to viewers. Hormazd participated actively in motor sports from 1985-1994. The highlight of his career was overall second place in the gruelling 4,000km Great Desert Himalaya Rally in 1988. He is also the only Indian journalist to have driven a Formula One car.



MICHAEL STAVROPOULOS
Greece

Chief Editor, 4Wheels (4TROXOI) magazine

Michael Stavropoulos began his automotive writing career working for the very magazine where he is now chief Editor. Beginning in 1986, he was their photographer and illustrator in addition to writing car reviews. In 1990, he began working for Auto Motor und Sport as their technical editor; then deputy editor in 1995. He returned to 4Wheels magazine in 2000 as the chief editor - a position that he still holds today.



JASON VOGEL
Brazil

Editor, O Globe Newspaper

Vogel became an automotive journalist in 1994. Since 2001, he is editor of "O Globo" motoring-supplement, named "CARROetc". Regular road-tests inside and outside Brazil are part of his professional work.



SEAN X.H.QIU
China

Editor-in-chief of "Autoworld"

As one of the earliest auto professional media persons in China, Xiong Hui Qiu and his colleagues jointly founded China's first full-colour, auto professional monthly magazine in 1994. This was also the earliest auto magazine that China jointly launched with overseas media. Xiong Hui Qiu created China's earliest auto testing report column, tested autos himself and wrote testing reports. In the year 2000, he also established China's first auto rating - the annual top ten vehicles - which continues up to the present. Xiong Hui Qiu graduated from the Hunan University with a master's degree in linguistics. Currently he is also teaching journalism and Western cultural subjects in universities.




JUERGEN ZOELLTER
Germany

Contributor: Autobild, Autozeitung, Focus, Welt am Sonntag plus 30 international outlets

A graduate of the University of Karlsruhe, Jurgen Zollter taught at the same university for six years prior to becoming the editor of the leading photo-magazine Photo Revue in February of 1986. He became editor of Top Driver in April 1987 and in 1989 became a freelance journalist contributing to outlets all over Asia, Europe and the USA, for example, FOCUS, stern,CAR, mot, Autobild, Welt am Sonntag, WELT, AutoFocus, AUTO/Strassenverkehr, Off Road, Playboy, Matador, GALA, AutoExpress/UK, CAR/UK, AUTOWEEK/NL, GTO/NL, L'Auto Journal/F, L'Automobile Magazine/F, Sport Auto/F, Alles Auto/A, Neue Kronen Zeitung/A, Neue Zuercher Zeitung/CH, Z¸richer Sonntagszeitg./CH, Automobil Revue/CH, AUTO/I, Autosprint/I, Auto Capital + Autopui/I, Automovil/SP, Autopista/SP, Auto Foco/P, Motor Magazine/J, GENROQ/J, F-Magazine/J,Road & Track/USA.