The Road to the World CarAwards journey began on Tuesday at the Paris International Motor Show (Le Mondial de l’automobile) with a dual celebration.
2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the World Car Awards and Audi is being honoured as the car manufacturer that has won the most awards in the program’s 15 year history: nine to be exact. The Audi A6 won the inaugural World Car of the Year award in 2005 and this year the A8 won the coveted “World Luxury Car” title for 2018.
“Congratulations to the World Car Awards team on their 15th anniversary,” said Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “The truly global nature of the World Car jury bestows great significance on the nine awards that Audi has won to date. Audi will again enjoy competing in the World Car Awards together with our fellow car manufacturers.”
“The Road to the World CarAwards is an annual journey in partnership with the New York International Show. The journey will follow more than 80 of our jurors as they test-drive the 2019 eligible vehicles. The official launch took place today in Paris and will end when the winners are officially declared in all six categories at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, 2019.”
The World Car Awards will make a couple of stops along the way: in Los Angeles for our fifth annual “L.A. Test Drives” event in November – this year hosted exclusively by ZF; and in Geneva for the World Car Finals when we announce the “Top Three In The World” as well as the 2019 “World Car Person of the Year.
Of course, The Road To World Car doesn’t really stop. Just a few weeks after the New York show’s grande finale, the World Car Garage will be staged for the fourth year at the London Motor Show in May of 2019; offering a glimpse of the 2020 contenders as well as celebrating the 2019 winners.
The World Car Awards is the number one awards program of its type globally for the sixth consecutive year as reported in Prime Research’s independent media report released earlier this year.
“2019 marks the 14th year of World Car’s partnership with the New York show. “The New York International Auto Show is proud of the tradition it has built with the World Car Awards to recognize the ‘best of the best’ in the auto industry,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the New York International Auto Show. “We congratulate the World Car Awards on their 15th anniversary milestone and on the fact that for the sixth consecutive year they are the most coveted honors for the world’s automakers.”
The World Car Awards have a dual mission of celebrating the best of today and inspiring the best of tomorrow by identifying future ideas and technology trends through the Global Trends Report co-presented annually by Autoneum and Prime Research each spring at the New York International Auto Show.
Swiss-based Autoneum joined the World Car Awards as a Presenting Partner in 2014. The company is the global leader in vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems whose core values share World Car’s commitment to innovation and excellence on a global scale. Martin Hirzel, CEO of Autoneum, commented: “Autoneum is delighted to continue the successful partnership with the World Car Awards. As a global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management we are proud that once again the majority of all nominated models is equipped with Autoneum products. We are convinced that the 2019 winners will stand out with Autoneum’s innovative components for noise and heat protection.”
As the global nature of the industry continues to strengthen, and the pace of innovation continues to accelerate, the World Car Awards is proud to be a part of this amazing journey along with the New York International Auto Show, Prime Research, Autoneum, Newspress (official media partner) KPMG (vote tabulation) and now ZF.