World Car Awards, el premio internacional que agrupa a periodistas de todo el mundo, anunció la lista de los finalistas de cada categoría para el premio World Car of the Year 2021. Por primera vez, la Argentina está siendo representada por un jurado nacional: Carlos Cristófalo, editor de Autoblog.

Los 93 jurados de 29 países ya votaron por el primer corte, tras la difusión de la lista de los 49 candidatos, publicada en agosto de 2020.

El cronograma de la elección tendrá una nueva etapa el próximo 30 de marzo, cuando se conozca a los tres más votados de cada categoría y al ganador del premio World Car Person of the Year.

Tras la votación final, los ganadores del 2021 se darán a conocer el próximo 20 de abril.

Los finalistas de cada categoría son los siguientes:

2021 World Car of the Year (WCOTY)

  • Audi A3
  • BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe
  • BMW 4-Series
  • Honda-e
  • Kia K5 / Optima
  • Kia Sorento
  • Mazda MX-30
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Volkswagen ID.4

2021 World Urban Car

  • Honda Jazz / Fit
  • Honda-e
  • Hyundai i10 / Grand i10
  • Hyundai i20
  • Toyota Yaris

2021 World Luxury Car

  • Aston Martin DBX
  • BMW X6
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Polestar 2

2021 World Performance Car

  • Audi RS Q8
  • BMW M2 CS
  • BMW X5 M / X6 M
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Toyota GR Yaris

2021 World Car Design of the Year

  • Honda-e
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mazda MX30
  • Polestar 2
  • Porsche 911 turbo

2021 World Car Person of the Year

  • Pratap Bose (Tata Motors)
  • Luc Donckerwolke (Hyundai Motor Group)
  • Euisin Chung (Hyundai Motor Group)
  • Tomiko Takeuchi (Mazda Motor Corporation)
  • Akio Toyoda (Toyota Motor Corporation)

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    Comunicado de prensa de World Car of the Year Top Ten and Top Five Finalists Announced

    Toronto, Canada – Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – For Immediate Release - The WORLD CAR FINALS countdown excitement begins today with the announcement of the Top Ten and Top Five finalists in five World Car Awards categories as tabulated by KPMG.

A jury of 93 distinguished international automotive journalists selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each eligible vehicle as part of their professional work. For more details about all our jurors and their outlets, please visit our web site: www.worldcarawards.com and click on “Jurors”.

The 2021 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) winner will be selected from the following Top Ten finalists chosen from an initial list of 24 contenders:

  • Audi A3
  • BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe
  • BMW 4-Series
  • Honda-e
  • Kia K5 / Optima
  • Kia Sorento
  • Mazda MX-30
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Volkswagen ID.4

The 2021 World Urban Car will be chosen from these top five finalists:

  • Honda Jazz / Fit
  • Honda-e
  • Hyundai i10 / Grand i10
  • Hyundai i20
  • Toyota Yaris

The 2021 World Luxury Car top five finalists are:

  • Aston Martin DBX
  • BMW X6
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Polestar 2

The 2021 World Performance Car top five finalists are:

  • Audi RS Q8
  • BMW M2 CS
  • BMW X5 M / X6 M
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Toyota GR Yaris

All cars competing in these four categories are eligible for the 2021 World Car Design of the Year award.

A design panel consisting of seven highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors’ final vote. The design experts are in alpha order: Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School), Ian Callum (United Kingdom – Director of Design, CALLUM), Gert Hildebrand (Germany – Owner Hildebrand-Design), Patrick le Quément (France - Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School), Tom Matano (USA – Academy of Art University, Former Head of Design – Mazda), Victor Nacif (USA - Chief Creative Officer, Brojure.com and Design instructor, NewSchool of Architecture and Design) and Shiro Nakamura (Japan - CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.).

The five finalists chosen by the design panel for the jurors’ final vote are in alpha order:

  • Honda-e
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mazda MX30
  • Polestar 2
  • Porsche 911 turbo

The WORLD CAR FINALS’ excitement will continue to build on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 when the Top Three in the World are announced followed by the declaration of the winners in all five categories on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Be part of the moment by following the announcements on World Car TV YouTube.com/worldcartv

Part of the World Car Finals countdown is a look into the future. The Global Trends Repot, coming mid-March, is produced bi-annually by Cision Insights and is co-presented by BREMBO –the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology for automotive vehicles. Each report focuses on the emerging and future trends that are transforming the industry right now.The report is the culmination of research and insights across a six month period.

“We are proud to be a partner to the prestigious World Car Awards for the third consecutive year. Our new company vision, “Turning Energy into Inspiration” perfectly matches the values of the international jurors and association. Inspiration, leadership and innovation is in all of our DNA,” states Daniele Schillaci, CEO of Brembo.

2021 marks the 16th year of the World Car Awards partnership with the New York International Auto Show. The 2022 awards season and the 18thedition of the Road to the World Car Awards journey will begin on August 19, 2021 at the New York show in the newly renovated Jacob Javits Center in NYC. A new highlight of the 2022 World Car Awards program will be the debut of the World Electric Vehicle of the Year award. This new award is intended to recognize, support and celebrate the global transition to electrically-powered vehicles that is now underway and the efforts of automakers around the world in developing these climate-conscious vehicles.

“There has never been a better time to highlight and celebrate the world's best electric vehicles. We are thrilled to once again be part of this year’s World Car Awards and are excited about adding this new award to the program. With the importance of EVs and growing consumer interest, the need for trusted sources for consumers to turn to is paramount, and like the New York Auto Show, the industry’s top journalists that make up the World Car Awards are a trusted resource for buyers as they research their next new vehicle.” said Auto Show president, Mark Schienberg.

The Road to the World Car Awards is an annual journey that follows more than 90 of our international jurors as they test-drive, and vote on, the eligible vehicles for the 2021 awards. The jurors’ road-test journey is captured virtually on World Car TV: YouTube.com/worldcartv The jurors provide viewers with reviews and commentary on the awards’ eligible vehicles in five categories: World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year.

The Road to the World Car Awards journey and the awards program would not be possible without the support of our official partners that, in addition to the New York show, also include ZF, Cision Insights, Brembo, KPMG and Newspress – our official media partner. Thank you to our partners.

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Comunicado de prensa de World Car of the Year The top five finalists for the 2021 World Car Person of the Year award were announced today

TORONTO, Canada - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - For Immediate Release - Ninety-three World Car Awards (WCA) jurors from twenty-eight countries collectively voted for the finalists by secret ballot. KMPG tabulated the vote results.

To be eligible, award candidates must have made a significant contribution to the global automotive industry during the period January 1 to December 31, 2020. That contribution could include a significant impact to their brand or company, for example, or a significant safety, engineering, design or technical advancement.

The top five finalists are, in alphabetical order:

  • Pratap Bose (Tata Motors): Pratap Bose is Tata's Vice-President, Global Design. In that role the Royal College of Art graduate brings an international perspective to India's leading automotive conglomerate as he now leads three design centers around the world: in India, Italy, and the UK. His multi-national experience and truly global perspective are raising Tata's design presence, both within and beyond India, and gaining recognition for its daring, forward-looking design strategy.

  • Luc Donckerwolke (Hyundai Motor Group): Luc Donckerwolke has returned to Hyundai, where he has created a spectacularly successful design strategy for the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands. His leadership style is supportive and empowering and his enthusiasm for cars and mobility solutions is unbridled. As Chief Creative Officer for the Hyundai Group, Luc Donckerwolke is the driving design force behind the Genesis luxury brand and its sophisticated style, particularly the G80 and GV80.

  • Euisin Chung (Hyundai Motor Group): Euisin Chung is the Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group and son of the founder of Hyundai. As such, he has lead the rise of Hyundai-Kia into the ranks of the global top five automakers. He has brought together an "all-star" team of designers starting with Peter Schryer and continuing with Luc Donckerwolke, Sang Yup Lee, Simon Loasby, and Karim Habib. Hyundai and Kia under his supervision have became serious competitors in the electrification race, with major strides in hybrid, fuel-cell, and EV technology.

  • Tomiko Takeuchi (Mazda Motor Corporation): Breaking barriers and "glass-ceilings" for women in a male-dominated industry, Tomiko Takeuchi is Mazda's first-ever female chief engineer and program manager, of the MX-30. She is also Mazda's first female development and evaluation test driver, just one of the skill sets, along with her background in innovation and design, that enabled her to expertly lead 1,000 staff around the globe involved in the creation and debut of the MX-30 - Mazda's first-ever fully electric vehicle.

  • Akio Toyoda (Toyota Motor Corporation): Akio Toyoda, the charismatic President/CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, has spent years successfully remaking his company. Toyota was the world's largest automaker by sales volume and still profitable in 2020, despite COVID-19, protecting jobs worldwide. He has maintained Toyota's pace of steady development for the CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) era and has initiated construction of the Woven City, an exciting real-life prototype city of the future. All while actively participating in motorsports as a driver.

Previous World Car Person of the Year recipients were Carlos Tavares, CEO of PSA Group (2020), the late Sergio Marchionne, CEO, FCA; Chairman, CNH Industrial; and Chairman and CEO, Ferrari (2019) and Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group (2018).

The World Car Person of the Year award is just one of six awards handed out annually by the World Car Awards. The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry.

The World Car Awards program would not be possible without the support of our official partners : the New York International Auto Show, ZF, Cision Insights, Brembo, KPMG and Newspress – our official media partner. Thank you to our partners.

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VIDEO: World Car of the Year 2021 - Finalistas

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Eligieron a Carlos Cristófalo para que represente a la Argentina en los World Car Awards
Nota de opinión de Carlos Cristófalo: "Es un reconocimiento para toda la comunidad de Autoblog". (leer acá).

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