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World Car Awards returns: what will be the best new car of 2018?

Written by: Neil

The hunt for the world’s best new cars is underway following the launch of the World Car Awards at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

Between now and January 2018, more than 80 international car journalists will test drive close to 100 new cars to be considered for six categories: World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, World Urban Car and the World Car Design of the Year. Tough job but someone’s gotta do it, eh?

A list of initial nominees will be reduced to a top three, with the finalists revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in early March and the winners being named weeks later at the New York Motor Show (Wednesday March 28th).

Names most likely to be in the running for World Car of the Year this time include the Audi A8, BMW 5 Series, Mazda CX-5, Porsche Panamera, Renault Koleos and Volkswagen Arteon.

The current holder of the top prize is the Jaguar F-Pace [more on that here] – a feat made all the more impressive as it represents the brand’s first foray into the SUV market.

Launching the 12th annual World Car Awards, Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth said: “It was an award that we were very proud to receive and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved.”

Other category winners last time around included Mercedes-Benz E-Class (World Luxury Car), Toyota Prius Prime (World Green Car), BMW i3 Range Extender (World Urban Car) and Porsche Boxster Cayman (World Performance Car).

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “We’ve all got our own opinion of what the world’s best new car is and although we don’t always agree with some of the winners, these awards sure make for an intriguing read.”

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