This is the eleventh year for WWCOTY, a team of fifty motoring journalists from 38 countries spanning five continents.
It is the only jury in the automotive world composed exclusively of women. South Africa is represented by motoring journalist Charleen Clarke.
This year’s new voting methodology started with choosing the three best models in each category before narrowing those picks down to the individual winners. Eligible vehicles were launched between January and December 2020. As in previous years, votes were certified by the independent auditor Grant Thornton New Zealand.
This year, voting was more complicated due to the pandemic, which limited each juror’s ability to drive. Despite the challenges, jurors made an extra effort to get behind the wheel of these vehicles to evaluate them in time for voting.
One more round of voting remains. Jurors will now choose the Best Car of the Year from among the nine category winners. The results will be announced on March 8, International Women's Day.
2021 Women’s World Car of the Year: Category Winners
BEST URBAN CAR
BEST FAMILY CAR
BEST LUXURY CAR
Lexus LC500 Cabrio
BEST SPORT CAR
BEST URBAN SUV
BEST MEDIUM SUV
Ferrari F8 Spider
Land Rover Defender
BEST LARGE SUV
Women's World Car of the Year is the only car awards group in the world composed exclusively of women motoring journalists. It was created by New Zealand motoring journalist, Sandy Myhre, in 2009. She is currently Honorary President while Marta García serves as Executive President.
The objective of the awards is to choose the best cars of the year. These are not ‘women’s cars’ because there is no such thing. Instead, cars are chosen based on the principles that guide all consumers including safety, quality, price, design, driving dynamics, and environmental impact.
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