As Mark detailed in his Thought of the Day yesterday, the automotive industry loves holding car of the year competitions to try and decide just which car is the best of the best. While some awards are arguably more important than others, we think it’s safe to say that the title of World Car of the Year is one of the larger awards the automotive industry can bestow on a car.
This morning on the second press day of the Geneva Motor Show, the three finalists for this year’s World Car of the Year have been announced, along with the three finalists each for World Green Car of the Year, World Luxury Car of the Year, World Performance Car of the Year, and World Design Car of the Year.
While there isn’t a plug-in car shortlisted for the World Car of the Year award, BMW’s plug-in i3 appears twice in the list of finalists: once for World Green Car of the Year, and once for World Car Design of the Year. Since there’s no differentiation on the list between the all-electric i3 BEV and the range-extended i3 BEVx (REx) model, we’re going to assume both models will be taken into consideration by the jury.
Last year, the Tesla Model S was awarded the accolade of Green Car of the Year, impressing judges with its refinement, performance, power, range and versatile recharging capabilities.
To win this year’s Green Car of the Year title, the i3 will have to beat the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron (+e-gas) and Volkswagen’s limited-production XL1 plug-in hybrid. Meanwhile, it will also do battle in the Car Design of the Year award against the Mazda 3 and the Mercedes-Benz C Class.
Over the next month, the three finalists in each class will be extensively examined and driven by the panel of judges under a variety of different conditions and driving styles. The winners for each category, as well as the overall Car of the Year award, will be announced at this year’s New York Auto Show on April 17.
We wish BMW the best of luck, and hope it manages that elusive double-win!
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