– By Khahlil Louisy


The 2018 World Car Awards took place yesterday at the Javits Center in New York City, to kick off this year’s New York International Auto Show. As far as award ceremonies go, this one is unique in that it takes place at 7:30 AM. Logic would dictate that one should not therefore stay out late partying the night before, but this writer in particular has never cared much for following rules. So there we were, sitting in the Javits Center at the crack of dawn, while I downed excessive quantities of coffee and trying to remain perky for the ceremony.

The crowd at the awards ceremony consists largely of media professionals representing various outlets around the world, corporate teams from the car brands who will be exhibiting at the New York International Auto Show, VIP guests and special buyers. After all, cars can be found in every corner of the globe and almost every car owner is always on the lookout for upgrades and will therefore want to know what the next new best thing is going to be.

We also learned some important consumer buying behavior information, like, electric vehicles are becoming ferociously popular as the sector experiences double-digit growth year-on-year, as electromobility and autonomous driving shape the future of automobiles, according to data from Prime Research and Autoneum, an automotive industry supplier. Tesla continues to lead the pack in electromobility, with China being the largest market, but more brands are developing electric models gaining on Elon Musk’s lead.

A jury of 82 distinguished international automotive journalists from 24 countries, were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee on the basis of expertise, experience, credibility, and influence, to evaluate the vehicles and select the winners.

Here are the results for this year’s World Car Awards:


World Car Design of the Year:

Lexus CE 500
Range Rover Velar
Volvo XC60


World Performance Car:

Honda Civic Type R
Lexus LC 500


World Luxury Car:

Audi A8
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera


World Green Car:

BMW 530e iPerformance
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Nissan Leaf


World Urban Car:

Ford Fiesta
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagon Polo


World Car of the Year:

Mazda CX5
Range Rover Velar
Volvo XC60


Image: Maserati Levante courtesy