World Car Awards - Juror Profile

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KAZUNORI YAMAUCHI

President, Polyphony Digital Ltd /Creator, GranTurismo

Kazunori Yamauchi is president of Polyphony Digital Ltd and creator of Gran Turismo, regarded as the world's biggest selling driving simulator game. Over the past 12 years, since its introduction, GT has sold more than 50 million copies globally.

Yamauchi, who personally tests - for real - nearly every car in his game, has over the past year expanded the game's reach by creating "Gran Turismo (GT) TV" which is seen online in 149 countries and 8 languages with an estimated audience (online) of over 1.2 million.

At present, he and his team are busy putting the final touches to the long-awaited GT5, which is expected in stores by the end of this year.

An avid car collector and driver, he currently owns a Porsche GT3, Nissan GT-R, Ford GT, Mercedes SL55 AMG, VW Golf R32, Honda S2000, and a Nissan 370Z.