World Car of the Year finalists announced

World Car of the Year finalists announced

The Audi A4, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes GLC are in the running to be crowned World Car of the Year 2016.

All three have made the final shortlist, with the winner of the prestigious award set to be announced at the New York Motor Show later this month.

A jury of 73 international automotive journalists will have the final say, also deciding the winners of the other categories.

The Audi R8 is up against the Honda Civic Type R and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe in the World Performance Car category, while the Chevrolet Volt, hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai and all-new Toyota Prius will battle it out in the World Green Car segment.

Elsewhere, the World Luxury Car class is between the Audi Q7 SUV, BMW 7 Series and the Volvo XC90, and the World Car Design category sees the British-built Jaguar XE, Mazda CX-3 and Mazda MX-5 up against each other.

It is proving to be a good year for the Mazda MX-5, which narrowly lost out to the Vauxhall Astra in the recent European Car of the Year awards.

The World Car of the Year 2016 winners will be announced in New York on March 24.

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