World Car Awards 2021 finalists announced

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The finalists in the 2021 World Car Awards have been revealed after 93 jurors overcame coronavirus challenges to vote on a longlist of dozens of cars.

A total of 10 cars will go forward and run for 2021 World Car of the Year, while five cars each will battle to win Urban Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year, Performance Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.

The overall victor will succeed 2020’s World Car of the Year, the Kia Telluride.

Billed as the World Car Finals, jurors will now complete another round of secret judging (overseen by KPMG) to decide the top three finalists in each category.

Motoring Research has listed the full rundown of finalists below.

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