|Voted by 58 motoring writers from 22 European countries. Any
sale in at least 5 European countries that year and having expected
production volume no less than 5,000 units can be nominated. This is
recognised as the highest honour award for European cars.
traditionally favours small cars and does no justice to premium and
cars, but European COTY is still the most recognized award around the
because it has the best cars involved. Voters are sometimes
but even so they are open-minded enough to elect Nissan Micra and
Yaris. Winning this award usually guarantees success, but sometimes
e.g. Fiat Brava/o, Lancia Delta and, oh my God, NSU Ro 80.
is the highest honour award in USA, voted by a group of 48
top motoring journalists from American and Canadian magazines,
news agencies, radio and television. Normally announced in the North
Auto Show. Truck of the Year is also elected alongside COTY.
this is a rather new award, but it becomes decreasingly important as
builds more trucks than cars now. They don't have much choices.
|Established in as late as 2005, World Car of the Year award
has yet to get the global recognition it intended. One of the reasons
is its failure to get the biggest-selling motoring publications
involved. Theoretically, the juror panel consisting of 58 motoring
journalists from 3 continents (Asia, Europe and America) and 22
countries should represent a fair judgement. However, not many of them
are well known. Most of them are either free-lance writers or working
in less significant publications.
Cars eligible for WCOTY election shall be on sale in at least 2
continents and 5 countries. As car makers often launch cars in
different continents at different times, the winners of WCOTY award
could be one year delayed compared with ECOTY, JCOTY or NACOTY.