In addition to showcasing all the launches and reveals, the ongoing Auto Expo also served as a platform for the announcement of the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) finalists. WCOTY's 86-member global jury comprised six judges from India – including Autocar India’s Hormazd Sorabjee and Renuka Kirpalani – who were at the event to announce the finalists for 5 categories.
Speaking at the event, Rajan Wadhera, President - SIAM (Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers) said, “We are honoured that the World Car Awards has chosen the Delhi Expo for a significant stop in this year's process to choose the world's best automobiles. It is great to see how markets like India play a key role in the whole process.”
The top 10 finalists for the 2020 World Car of the Year awards include the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul EV, Kia Telluride, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Mazda3, Mazda CX-30, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz GLB, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen T-Cross.
The 2020 World Urban Car award will be chosen from a list of 5 – the Kia Soul EV, Mini Electric, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, and Volkswagen T-Cross.
The 5 cars shortlisted for the 2020 World Luxury Car category include the BMW X5, BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Porsche 911, and the Porsche Taycan.
The top five selected for the 2020 World Performance Car include the BMW M8, Porsche 718 Spyder/Cayman GT4, Porsche 911, Porsche Taycan and Toyota GR Supra.
The final award category, the 2020 World Car Design of the Year award has all the vehicles from the other categories as competing finalists.
Following this will be the declaration of the top three, which will take place at the Geneva motor show this March, while the winners in each of these categories will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show on April 8, 2020.