The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford (U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.
|EDDIE ALTERMAN |
|Editor-in-chief, Car and Driver magazine|
|MATT DAVIS |
|Italy-based correspondent for: USA - Yahoo! Autos, Autoblog, Excellence; UK - Auto Express, Sunday Times, UKIP Media; ITALY - OmniAuto; FRANCE - RS Magazine; SWEDEN - Expressen Motor; JAPAN - Genroq;|
|So far as auto enthusiast writing goes, Matt remains the only American correspondent living and working full-time in Europe.
He contributes regularly as European Editor and Contributor to some 20 publications around the world.
He has also written books on various car subjects, particularly in the areas of design and designers.
He was born in Detroit and calls Milano, Italy, home since 2001.
|PETER LYON |
|Japan-based contributor Motor Trend (US), Quattroruote (It), Auto Bild (Ger), Herald Sun (Aus), Auto Express (UK), Evo (UK), Motor (Aus), Holiday Auto (Jpn), Car (SAf)|
|Entering his 24th year reporting from Japan, Australian-born journalist Peter Lyon contributes to more than a dozen publications worldwide, including America's Edmunds Insideline, 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 such as Best Car, Engine and Holiday Auto magazines.
Regarded as the most prolific bilingual automotive writer and translator in the country, he has translated books on Bridgestone Motorsport, writes for Sony's Gran Turismo, and races a Mazda MX-5 in the local one-make series.
In addition to his position as WCOTY juror and Co-chair, he also votes on the jury panel for the Japan Car of the Year and the International Engine of the Year awards.
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, one of the last Jaguars made by Jaguar.
|JENS MEINERS |
|Based in Germany and the USA, Meiners contributes to Car and Driver, Automotive News, Welt, Automobile Industrie, Car Design News, China Auto Pictorial and various other outlets|
|Based in the US and Germany, Jens Meiners leads Car and Driver's German Online Bureau, is European correspondent for Automotive News, chief correspondent for Automobil Industrie, a regular columnist for China Auto Pictorial and AutoX, and writes for various other international outlets.
He has covered the automotive industry since 1996. A former law student, he began his career in journalism as editor of the buyer's guide Autosalon. He subsequently was Managing Editor of Automotive Business International and staff reporter for Automotive News Europe; in 2010, he co-founded an automotive news agency.
Meiners splits his time between Northern Bavaria and New York City. His growing collection of cars includes an Aston Martin Lagonda, a Maserati 430, a Reliant/Bertone prototype, and a Porsche 914/6 GT.
|MIKE RUTHERFORD |
|Weekly Columnist: The Sunday Times. Chief Columnist, Auto Express. Regular contributor to BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Sky News, Telegraph TV|
|London-born Rutherford has been writing and broadcasting about cars for 30 years. His words and pictures have appeared in most of the UK's national newspapers, and he has served time as Motoring Editor on three of them.
Mike has driven thousands of test cars in scores of countries on every continent, presented over 1,000 national/international radio programmes, as well as hosting countless car programmes on TV. For the last quarter of a century he's been a regular contributor on the BBC and other leading stations, in addition to doing occasional pieces for American broadcasters.
Apart from his WCOTY duties, Mike Rutherford's greatest claims to fame are that he is one of the founding fathers of Auto Express (Britain's biggest selling weekly car mag) which he helped establish and launch in 1988; he has interviewed the last five British Prime Ministers about motoring matters; and he's one of the few journalists in the world to have driven a Formula One car.
Mike Rutherford also serves as a trustee for the MarcusRutherfordFoundation.com.