World Car Awards and its 94 global jurors are missioned with recognizing and rewarding automotive excellence on a global scale. We test drive and evaluate all new or fully redesigned vehicles that are for sale on more than one continent from May to May each year, voting to determine the World Car Design, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car of the Year. Full vehicle eligibility requirements and our timeline can be found via the links in the menu above.
Now in 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.