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Car Judges on Starting Blocks for the World Car Awards

There is a lot of mulling over and head-scratching as automotive journalists from all over the world start to assess potential front runners for the 2015 World Car Awards. Shortlisted this year are iconic British brands such as Jaguar and Mini - and, if they win, will scoop the biggest automotive award on the planet.

These annual Awards will see 75 top judges casting their votes. It's a tough process where the top three finalists will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3rd, ahead of the major announcement at the New York International Auto Show on April 2nd when the winner will be revealed.

The awards, first started in 2005, have gone from strength to strength and have given a platform to the recognition of automotive quality and innovation on a worldwide scale.

Overall the aim of the awards is to reflect the global marketplace and recognise and reward automotive intelligence on a truly international scale. This is clearly reflected in the shortlist below which includes brands from BMW to Opel. In order to be even considered for the awards vehicles must be sold on at least two continents and in at least five countries.

In addition to the announcement for overall winner of 2015, winners of World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year categories will all be revealed at the New York show.

World Car of the Year (WCOTY) 2015 preliminary candidate list in full:
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban
Chrysler 200
Chrysler 300
Citroen C4 Cactus
Dodge Charger
Fiat 500X
Ford Mustang
Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai i20
Jaguar XE
Jeep Renegade
Kia Sorento
Mazda 2
Mercedes C-Class
MINI 5 door/MINI 4 door Hard Top
Nissan Qashqai
Nissan NP300
Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
Renault Twingo
Toyota Camry
Toyota Highlander / Kluger
Volkswagen Passat

By Tracey McBain