World Car of the Year 2020 launches in Frankfurt

World Car of the Year Awards 2020 - Frankfurt
13 Sep, 2019 3:30pm Mike Rutherford

The overall 2020 World Car of the Year will be revealed in April, but the jurors have already issued a list of potential winners

Fifty all-new models have been selected as official 2020 World Car Awards (WCA) contenders. They'll be going to war against each other in pursuit of just five coveted trophies to be awarded at a New York International Motor Show ceremony in April next year.

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Between now and then 80- World Car jurors (including Steve Fowler and Mike Rutherford from KinyuKinr) will be driving and rating the candidate cars in all corners of the globe - including Pasadena, Greater Los Angeles where a week-long WCA test drive programme is staged every autumn.

The 2020 provisional list heavily features models from French, German and South Korean firms, although two UK-based manufacturers are in with a chance of winning trophies. The MINI Electric is a qualifier in the World Car of the Year the World Urban Car (sub-4.2 metres) categories. And after securing the prestigious World Car of the Year title with the Jaguar I-Pace in 2019, JLR is hoping that at the New York Auto Show early next year, its all-new Land Rover Evoque will inherit that highly sought after WCOTY title.

Because the eagerly-anticipated Land Rover Defender is not yet in the showrooms across the globe, it will be a contender in the 2021 World Car Awards.

World Car of the Year 2020: candidates

Cadillac CT4
DS DS 3 Crossback/Etense
DS DS 7 Crossback/Etense
Ford Escape/Kuga
Ford Explorer
Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Venue
Kia Seltos
Kia Soul EV
Kia Telluride
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Mazda CX-30
Mazda3
Mercedes AMG A35/45
Mercedes AMG CLA35/45
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz GLB
MINI Cooper SE
Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
Peugeot 2008
Peugeot 208
Renault Captur
Renault Clio
Renault ZOE R135
SEAT Tarraco
Skoda Kamiq
Skoda Scala
SsangYong Korando
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen T-Cross

We’ll have more information on the 2020 shortlist and subsequent winners as and when it’s available. Bookmark this page to ensure you stay up to date.

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