Alfa Romeo’s Giulia has suffered a double blow as the sedan and its Quadrifoglio derivative haven’t made the final shortlist of three cars in their respective categories in the “World Car of the Year Awards” which announced the remaining finalists at the 88th Geneva Motor Show yesterday.
Both Alfa Romeo models had been comfortably voted into the penultimate round in their respective categories – the Giulia in the final ten of the overall “World Car of the Year” and the Stelvio in the final five of the sub-category “World Performance Car of the Year” and each had been tipped to progress to the last three.
The final trio of cars in of the six each categories that comprise the “World Car of the Year Awards 2018” were chosen by a jury of eighty two international automotive journalists drawn from 24 countries. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Awards’ Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence.
The jurors whittled the shortlist down to a final three cars by secret ballot with the results announced at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots.
As well as the Giulia, also eliminated during the penultimate round of voting were BMW’s X3, Kia’s Stinger, Land Rover’s Discovery, Nissan’s Leaf, Toyota’s Camry and Volkswagen’s T-Roc leaving the Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60 to fight it out for the title of “World Car of the Year” which will be announced in three weeks’ time at the New York International Auto Show.
In the “World Performance Car of the Year” category a shortlist of five cars was reduced to three and as well as the Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi’s RS3 was also eliminated yesterday leaving the BMW M5, Honda Civic Type R and Lexus LC 500 to duke it out for the title.
Photos: 88th Geneva Motor Show 2018