World Car Of The Year Announced
The prestigious World Car of The Year awards for 2018 were announced at the New York International Motor Show. It certainly seems like a good year for Volvo as the Volvo XC60 scooped the top prize to be named the World Car of the Year having been named the UK Car of the Year earlier in 2018.
This award has made history for Volvo as they have a full sweep of prestigious car trophies in just twelve months. So far, Volvo has won the North American Utility of the Year as well as the UK Car of the Year, Japan Car of the Year and World Car of the Year for the XC60. Volvo has also won the European Car of the Year award for the XC40. Furthermore, Volvo has also been named as the Car Technology Brand of the Year and won the Best Safety Technology award.
It is not just Volvo as a brand that is flying high, Volvo CEO, Hakan Samuelsson was awarded the World Car Person of the Year Award too. With this tranche of awards, it is no surprise and is fully deserving of the recognition.
The famous World Car of the Year award is decided by renowned motoring judges from around the world. It is no surprise, with the rising consumer interest in sports utility vehicles that the top three cars listed for the award were all, in fact, SUVs. Furthermore, this is the second year in a row that this has been the case.
Good news for Jaguar?
While Volvo made history, Jaguar Land Rover also saw success at the awards ceremony. While Jaguar missed out on the Car of the Year to Volvo, the Range Rover Velar did win the World Car Design of the Year award. This is the second year in a row that Jaguar Land Rover has won the award for design with the Jaguar F-Pace scooping the award last year.
Other winners at the World Car of the Year awards at the New York International Motor Show included the Audi A8 for World Luxury, the BMW M5 for World Performance and the Nissan Leaf for World Green Car. You can see the winners and their trophies at the London Motor Show in May.