Geneva Motor Show 2018: World Car Of The Year Finalists Announced.
Each year Geneva Motor Show as is tradition, is characterized by a special segment that seeks to identify and showcase the biggest three cars in 7 different categories. The World Car Of the Year top three finalists for the overall crown and the individual categories have been announced at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. The top three finalists for the prestigious Car Of The Year for the second year in a row are SUVs or crossovers. The three SUVs are the Range Rover Velar, the Mazda CX-5 and the Volvo XC60. The final announcement to crown the winner of the prestigious World Car Awards will be announced at the upcoming New York Auto Show later this month. Last year too, the top three finalists for the prestigious award were all SUVs clearly showing the direction in which the motoring industry is shaping the future.
The top 3 finalists in the prestigious World Car of the Year awards programme have been announced, and it’s an SUV-fest. Have a look at those in line to drive away with the world’s most coveted motoring awards below. Selected by a high-profile jury consisting of 82 of the world’s motoring journalists. Am not fortunate to have driven all 3 of these vehicles and I think, for varying reasons, however as a motoring trend follower I can say it’s a solid selection, though the addition of a Kia Stinger or Alfa Romeo Giulia could have added more variety. Nevertheless, SUVs and crossovers are what the world markets want, so the top 3 are certainly in line with consumer trends.
This is generally a reflection of both the customer feedback and car marker ability to effect those feedback to reflect on the next production. Lets have a look at same of the finalists.
- Range Rover Velar
Joining the V6s are a pair of four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engines, with 178bhp or 237bhp. The latter is decently refined for a four-cylinder unit and has a reasonable amount of punch, although it can’t match the six-cylinder diesel on either front. The other problem is that it’s barely any cheaper than the V6 diesel, especially once you factor in the six-cylinder car’s standard air suspension. Still, it might make some sense to company car buyers.
- Volvo XC60
- Mazda CX-5
- Suzuki Swift
Externally, the Swift Sport has been treated to a little extra visual aggression. It’s not as menacing as some, but the revised front bumper and grille, side skirts and rear diffuser with dual exit exhausts add just enough sporting intent, while the 17-inch alloys help deliver a more muscular stance. If you want to attract even more attention, then the new Championship Yellow paint job should do the trick – although it’s inclusion on the palette is a little odd considering Suzuki’s last title success was the Junior World Rally Championship way back in 2010
- Volkswagen Polo
- Ford Fiesta
- Audi A8
Feel at home, welcome aboard the new Audi A8. Enjoy lavish spaciousness and exquisite ambience. Choice materials, palpable exclusivity. And top-class workmanship that sets new standards. Experience next-generation operating comfort. Digital networking throughout. Innovative technology that entertains and delights
- Porsche Cayenne
- Porsche Panamera
Am sure that we haven’t featured all of this cars on our review but we will be updating our reviews once we have completed them. Satisfying enough driving experience, more range than any other “affordable” SUV, interior feels like the future, but so does others serve the purpose and the day as the owners want.