Now entering their 16th year, the annual World Car Awards are the number one awards program in the world for the seventh (7th) consecutive year based on Prime Research's 2019 media report.
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 awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.
The World Car Awards are administered by a not-for-profit association, under the guidance of an executive committee, a steering committee as well as a group of advisors as follows: Peter Lyon (Japan), Mike Rutherford (United Kingdom), Jens Meiners (Germany), Siddharth Vinayak Patankar (India), Tim Stevens (USA), Gerry Malloy (Canada), Ginny Buckley (United Kingdom), Toni Jalovaara, (Finland), Scotty Reiss (USA), Lionel Robert (France), and Carlos Sandoval (Mexico). Beth Rhind (Canada) is the co-founder and the Executive Director.