Now entering their 17th year, the annual World Car Awards are the number one awards program in the world for the eighth (8th) consecutive year based on Cision Insight's 2020 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: Mike Rutherford – UK (Chairman, World Car Awards Program), Peter Lyon – Japan (Executive Committee Director), Siddharth Vinayak Patankar – India (Executive Committee Director), Gerry Malloy – Canada (President and Executive Committee Director), Jens Meiners – Germany (Steering Committee Director), Scotty Reiss – USA (Steering Committee and Communications Director), Carlos Sandoval – Mexico (Steering Committee Director) plus advisors Ginny Buckley (UK), Christian Brinkmann (Germany), Guilherme Costa (Portugal), Thomas Geiger (Germany), Toni Jalovaara (Finland), George Notaras (USA) and Lionel Robert (France). Beth Rhind (Canada) is the co-founder and the Executive Director.