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World Car Of The Year 2016

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The World Car of the Year awards team has announced its nominees for 2016, with categories including World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car and the overall World Car of the Year. This is the most international of all industry awards, with 72 jurors voting on cars sold worldwide. Its significance grows yearly, thanks to the importance of emerging markets, such as Brazil and China. From now, the jurors will be test driving the contenders and voting will take place in January, to carve out a shortlist of ten finalists in each category. Another round of voting produces the top three category finalists, which will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. The winning vehicles will be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April 2016.

In 2015 the overall World Car of the Year prize went to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This year, there are 22 cars lining up for the prize, including the next generation Audi A4. On the outside, the updates are subtle, but technically, this is a far more advanced car than its predecessor. BMW's updated and much improved X1 is also in the running, along with Cadillac's challenge to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the CT6. It's a very fine car and arguably Cadillac's best ever, but it has its work cut out going up against the S-Class. Chevrolet is hoping its Malibu, one of the USA's top sellers, will impress judges, while Ford's Edge medium sized crossover is also putting itself forward for an award. While US buyers have had access to the Edge for some time, it's a new release for Ford in Europe.

Honda has brought the HR-V back in very neat form and it is one of the contenders for World Car of the Year 2016, as is Hyundai's Indian SUV, the Creta. Could notice from the WCOTY team encourage Hyundai to take the Creta to international markets? Hyundai brought back the Tucson name for another, more upmarket SUV, which is in competition against its stablemate. The Tucson replaced the ix35.

The Jaguar XE has to be a serious favourite for the overall award. The premium compact executive is already threatening the BMW 3 Series in its segment. The Kia Optima is a similarly styled budget alternative, which has been updated for inclusion in the list.

Land Rover's Freelander replacement, the Discovery Sport, is a triumph of modern technology and offers a creditable seven seater alternative to the fashionable Range Rover Evoque, while Mazda's CX-3 crossover could be a surprise success in this year's awards. Mazda's best selling MX-5 is now in its fourth generation and hoping to gain an award - it could well upset the bigger cars in this competition.

Mercedes-Benz is following up last year's top prize winner with the GLC, its best medium sized SUV so far and the first time the premium German firm has really matched the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Nissan is hoping its new Maxima will please judges, sportier and more stylish than previous efforts - of which the same can be said of the Vauxhall or Opel Astra, still going strong after 36 years and fresh from wowing the crowds at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Skoda's confidently named Superb really is, while budget brand, SsangYong, could be a genuine competitor for the first time ever this year, with its surprisingly able Tivoli. Subaru has two dogs in the fight this year. The Levorg sounds rather alien but is, in fact, a rather smart, large family car and the updated Outback is better than ever, both on and off road.

The refreshed Toyota Prius and VW Tiguan are also hoping to curry favour this year for the overall prize.

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