WATCH: 2019 World Car of the Year - all the top contenders competing for the coveted title

<i>Image: Newspress</i>
<i>Image: Newspress</i>

If the provisional list of candidates for the 2019 World Car Awards is anything to go by - and it is - Germany, Japan and South Korea are currently dominating the global automotive stage.

In terms of building all-new cars for the world, not just their local markets, these are by far the most prolific automakers at the moment.

Let the battle begin

Contenders include vehicles from the US, Germany, Italy, UK, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.

Jurors will vote in two online voting sessions in all six categories, including World Car Design starting with the first vote in late January 2019. They get to drive, judge, score and tell the world about everything from a dream car McLaren with a big price tag, to a workhorse Renault that costs a mere fraction of that.

With so many contender cars qualifying for WCA 2019, this is Korea’s best opportunity yet to pick up a World Car trophy or two. After Germany, Japan and South Korea, in that order, the best of the rest are Britain and the USA. Then come France, Spain and Sweden.

Which model do you think should grab the title of 2019 World Car of the Year? Tell us why

Check out the cars and categories:

During the first 14 years of the World Car Awards, German firms have arguably produced the very best cars - which in turn means they’ve won more than half of the award, much to the annoyance of rivals BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Porsche.

The WCA steering committee has already started the process of selecting finalists for the 2019 World Car Person of the Year when the winner will be announced next spring.

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