World car of 2018 finalists

2018-01-18 06:01

HOW times change.

The new Toyota Camry and SsangYong Rexton, whose predecessors were universally derided as slow, boring rides, are among the 23 vehicles nominated for the 2018 world car award.

The list slants heavily towards cross-over vehicles — the small sport utes that have become the mom’s taxi of choice — but the BMW i8 Roadster and Lamborghini Urus were nominated purely on their good looks.

Each car was last month driven in LA by 35 jurors from a dozen countries.

Apart from the overall win, car makers are vying to win in several other categories, including the urban car and greenest car.

SA’s best-selling hatch, the VW Polo, is again on the urban car list, but it faces stiff competition from the Suzuki Swift.

The Chevrolet Cruze diesel, a few of which are still on sale after Chevrolet announced it will close shop in South Africa, are among the green cars that include the BMW 530e iPerformance and Nissan LEAF.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Stelvio



Opel Insignia

Citroën C3 Aircross

Dacia Duster

Ford Fiesta

Genesis G70

Honda Accord

Hyundai Kona

Jeep Compass

Kia Niro

Kia Picanto

Kia Stinger

Kia Stonic

Land Rover Discovery

Mazda CX-5

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Nissan LEAF

Nissan Micra

Peugeot 3008

Range Rover Velar

Renault Koléos

SEAT Ibiza

Skoda Karoq

SsangYong Rexton G4

Subaru XV

Suzuki Swift

Toyota Camry

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen Arteon

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC40

World Urban Car

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai Kona

Kia Picanto

Kia Stonic

Nissan Micra

SEAT Ibiza

Suzuki Swift

Volkswagen Polo

World Performance Car

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Audi RS 3 Sedan

Audi RS 5 Coupé


Ferrari Portofino

Honda Civic Type R

Hyundai i30N

Lexus LC 500

Renault Alpine A110

Volkswagen Polo GTI.


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