2018 World Car Awards To Kick-Off New York Auto Show

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The 2018 World Car Awards winners’ press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum will kick-start the New York Auto Show’s press days on Wednesday, March 28. Winners of the 2018 World Car of the Year, World Urban Car, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and the World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

This year marks the 12th year of World Car’s partnership with the New York Show, and the fifth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained the ranking as the No.1 automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach. Below are the finalists in each of the six award categories.

The Top Three in the World finalists are:

2018 World Car of the Year:

• Mazda CX-5
• Range Rover Velar
• Volvo XC60

2018 World Urban Car:

• Ford Fiesta
• Suzuki Swift
• Volkswagen Polo

2018 World Luxury Car:

• Audi A8
• Porsche Cayenne
• Porsche Panamera

2018 World Performance Car:

• BMW M5
• Honda Civic Type R
• Lexus LC 500

2018 World Green Car:

• BMW 530e iPerformance
• Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
• Nissan LEAF

2018 World Car Design of the Year:

• Lexus LC 500
• Range Rover Velar
• Volvo XC60

The Top Three in the World finalists in the six award categories were chosen by a jury of 82 distinguished international automotive journalists from 24 countries. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Awards’ Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.

“Bridgestone continues its journey of innovation to contribute to sustainable mobility through its innovative technologies, solutions, and corporate activities,” said Miho Nagumo, manager of event marketing for Bridgestone Corporation. “Driving innovation is the vision Bridgestone shares with World Car, as we celebrate the best of today and inspire the
best of tomorrow.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of Bridgestone’s partnership with World Car.

The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, will also be announced during the New York show press conference. The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months.

“Trends such as electromobility or autonomous driving shape the automobile future
and offer great opportunities for Autoneum,” said Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel. “As
global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management, Auto-neum is developing and manufacturing innovative products and technologies for the mobility of tomorrow. For example, our multifunctional, lightweight components are particularly suited for use in electric vehicles, as they help to reduce the vehicle’s weight which is significantly increased by the battery.”

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