We have the details on the final scores and standings, as well as the historical record of some of the brands at the WCOTY.
The scoring from 86 global jurors shows a tough fight for the winner of the 2020 World Car of the Year
The annual World Car Awards programme culminated last week, with the Kia Telluride winning the 2020 World Car of the Year prize. Kia and Porsche swept the awards with two wins each, while Mazda got the 5th award. The big award for the World Car of the Year is always a tight race. It was no different this year. The Kia Telluride made it in to the finalists through the first round of voting, joining others in the Top Ten finalists. That announcement was made in New Delhi, along with the Top Five in all other categories. The other 9 cars in that shortlist in early February were the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul EV, Mazda 3, Mazda CX-30, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz GLB, Range Rover Evoque, Volkswagen Golf, and the Volkswagen T-Cross. It’s interesting how we had so many sets of two cars from one brand in the Top Ten. Mostly that is what splits the vote and drops the manufacturer out of contention. But that is not what happened with Mazda – with both its nominees making the cut after the second round of voting long with one Kia – both brands had two cars each in the Top Ten!
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In that second round, the jurors scored the cars across 8 different parameters – occupant environment, performance, value, safety, environment market significance, emotional appeal, and innovation. Not surprisingly, it was higher scoring in occupant environment, safety, value and market significance that took the Kia Telluride home, since the Mazdas were very evenly scored on the rest – even where they were higher than the Kia. The Telluride finished on 758 points, with the Mazda3 on 745, and the CX-30 on 738. So it was pretty close – all in all.
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In the World Car Design category, it was the Mazda3’s higher emotional appeal that saw it beat the Porsche Taycan by just two points! The Porsche Taycan – which was a finalist in three categories, dominated its other categories. It was a clear winner for both Performance Car and Luxury Car. It can be argued that as a sports car (even the 911 for that matter) it didn’t really belong in the Luxury category. But they both met the criteria. Having said that I was surprised not to see the BMW X7 make the final three at least. Here I guess the effect of two cars from the same brand cancelling each other did kick in, as the fifth car in the Top Five for Luxury Car had included the BMW X5 too. Of course in Performance Car it was an all-Porsche affair in the Top Three. The BMW M8 and Toyota GR Supra had made up the top five in the World Performance Car category.
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|Category||Winner||First Runner-Up||Second Runner-Up|
|World Car of the Year||Kia Telluride||758||Mazda3||745||Mazda CX-30||738|
|World Car Design||Mazda3||179||Porsche Taycan||177||Peugeot 208||144|
|World Performance Car||Porsche Taycan||867||Porsche 911||809||Porsche 718 Spyder/ Cayman GT4||776|
|World Urban Car||Kia Soul EV||751||Volkswagen T-Cross||702||MINI Cooper Electric SE||574|
|World Luxury Car||Porsche Taycan||846||Porsche 911||786||Mercedes-Benz EQC||778|
And finally the youngest category at the World Car Awards – Urban Car – had a definitive winner in the Kia Soul EV. That was no surprise to anyone really, as it came out on top with 751 points. The VW T-Cross was also a very worthy contender, and I was surprised it or the Golf had not showed up in the top three for the overall World Car of the Year too. In fact both previous generations of the Volkswagen Golf had won World Car of the Year in 2009 and 2013 respectively! VW has had six top-three appearances, with the Polo having won WCOTY in 2010 and the Up! Having won it in 2012. The VW Passat (2015) and Tiguan (2017) have been runners-up.
Brands that have dominated other categories are as follows. Porsche now has six wins in the Performance Category (Audi has four). Jaguar Land Rover has 5 for Design, (Audi, Citroen, Mazda have won twice each). And Mercedes-Benz has three wins in World Luxury Car. Announced earlier, the World Car Person of the Year for 2020 is Carlos Tavares, the man helming PSA: Peugeot Citroen, set to take over as the CEO of the post-merger combined entity of PSA and FCA.