The 2019 World Car Awards is now entering its 15th year. Launched in January 2004, the awards are meant to recognize and reward excellent cars from across the globe. The 2019 World Car Finals’ jury of 86 international automotive journalists have selected the following “Top Three In The World” finalists at the Geneva International Motor Show. The results were handed in via anonymous voting from each of the judges. 

Here are the categories to win and the candidate cars along with a short description of each category. 

World Car of the Year 

  • Audi e-tron

  • Jaguar I-PACE

  • Volvo S60/V60

World Urban Car 

  • Hyundai AH2 / Santro

  • Kia Soul

  • Suzuki Jimny 

World Luxury Car

  • Audi A7 

  • Audi Q8

  • BMW 8 Series

World Performance Car

  • Aston Martin Vantage

  • McLaren 720S 

  • Mercedes-Benz AMG 4-door Coupe

World Green Car

  • Audi e-tron

  • Hyundai Nexo

  • Jaguar I-PACE

World Car Design of the Year 

  • Jaguar I-PACE

  • Suzuki Jimny

  • Volvo XC40 


Taking a look at the list and there are a few repeats and contenders that are familiar to Filipino autobuyers. The Jaguar I-PACE seems to be taking top honors all around, taking the top three slots in three categories. 


The Suzuki Jimny is the only Japanese car to make it to the list. Another feat is its presence in two categories, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year. Seems fitting since the Jimny’s size and brand new redesign won the hearts of automotive enthusiasts around the world. 

Also with a few top three positions filled. Audi scores four spots with 3 different cars, in three categories. Their Q7 and A8 models are in the running for World Luxury car, towering over BMW’s 8 Series with a single brand, double spot take-over. 


Volvo also takes 2 spots. One of which is in the World Car of the Year top three, and another in the World Car Design of the Year category. The S60/V60 Sedan is in the running for the World Car of the Year, and the newly released XC40 is in the running for World Car Design of the year. 


Other noteworthy candidates that are sold here in the Philippines include the Aston Martin Vantage in the World Performance Car category, as well as the Mercedes-Benz AMG 4-door Coupe. 

The Road to World Car partners with the New York International Auto Show annually and follows more than 80 of its international journalists. The winners will be declared in all six categories at the grande finale awards ceremony that will officially open the New York International Auto Show on April 17, 2019.

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