Last year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class won the coveted 2015 World Car of the Year award whereas its luxury and performance siblings, the S-Class Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GT, took home the World Luxury Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year awards respectively.
Now, the nominees for the 2016 World Car of the Year award has been announced, including the contenders for the more specific categories – Performance, Luxury, Green, and Design.
Winners in the 2015 categories saw the BMW i8 coming up tops in the World Green Car of the Year, while the Citroen C4 Cactus won World Design Car of the Year.
To qualify for this year’s awards, as in previous years, models must be new and officially available to purchase on at least two continents between 1 January 2015 and 31 May 2016.
A panel of judges are responsible for the initial list of nominees which were recently announced, ahead of an announcement of the top-three finalists during the Geneva motor show in March 2016. The winner will be revealed shortly after during the New York Auto Show.
The full list of contenders for the 2016 World Car of the Year along with the accompanying specific categories are as follows:
2016 World Car of the Year nominees:
2016 World Performance Car of the Year nominees:
2016 World Luxury Car of the Year nominees:
2016 World Green Car of the Year nominees:
2016 World Design Car of the Year nominees: