The winners in all categories of Women’s World Car of the Year for 2019 have today been announced at the Dubai International Motor Show.
The Supreme Award for 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year goes to:
The unanimous decision was arrived at by 41 jury members from 34 different countries across five continents.
From Japan, Mr Ayumu Doi, the General Manager Corporate Communications Division for Mazda Motor Corporation, said he was ‘delighted’ with the award. “This model is resonating with a broader range of people than ever before and Mazda aims to make a special bond with customers by offering products, technologies and services that appeal to more people.”
Accepting the award on behalf of Mazda in Dubai was Dr Axel Dreyer, CEO of Galadari Auto, Mazda Distributors for the United Arab Emirates.
Category winners for the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year are:
Urban Car Award: Kia XCeed
Family Car Award: Mazda 3
Green Car Award: Kia Soul EV
Luxury Car: BMW 8 Series
Performance Car: Porsche 911
SUV/Crossover Range Rover Evoque
Two other awards from Women’s World Car of the Year were announced at the Dubai International Motor Show:
Holly Reich Dream Car Award. This award is named in honour of a jury member from New York who passed away in 2016. Judges were asked to name one car they would love to have. The winner is:
Accepting on behalf of Porsche for winning both the Performance Car category and the Dream Car award was Dr Manfred Braeunl, CEO, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE.
Other automotive executives accepting Women’s World Car of the Year awards at the Dubai International Motor Show were:
Jimmy Chamata, Marketing Manager, Regional HQs of Middle East & Africa, for Kia Motors Corporation for the Kia Soul EV winning the Green Car category and the Kia XCeed winning the Urban Car category.
Dr. Benjamin Trespe, Brand Director, Jaguar Land Rover for the Range Rover Evoque winning the SUV/Crossover category.
Ayhan Olcer, CEO for AGMC, the BMW Group for the BMW 8 Series winning the Luxury Car Award.
Woman of Worth Award: This award was introduced in 2018. The 2019 finalists in this category are racing driver and television presenter, the late Jessi Combs; Mary Barra (CEO & Chairman of General Motors) and Linda Jackson (CEO) of Citroën. The winner for 2019 is:
Linda Jackson, CEO, Citroën
From France, Linda Jackson said she was honoured and proud to receive the award.
“Beyond my person I believe it rewards the success of Citroën’s renewal, which I have undertaken for the past five years with my teams, passionate women and men whom I would like to thank warmly. This prize is also theirs! This award also has a very special dimension for me in this year of Citroën’s Centenary.”
Accepting the award in Dubai on behalf of Ms Jackson was Emirati businesswoman and entrepreneur, Thoraya Al Awadhi.
Representing Woman’s World Car of the Year was CEO, Sandy Myhre (New Zealand) and Shereen Shabnam of Dubai, Editor in Chief Millennium Millionaire Group, Editor Trending Business Insights and Founder of All About Wheels.
Sandy Myhre said the activities for women at the Dubai International Motor Show were ground-breaking. “Women’s World Car of the Year has never announced their results live from a motor show so that’s innovative and to be able to interview women driving instructors from Saudi Arabia live on the stage is pioneering. The fact all these things are happening in Dubai in the UAE is highly symbolic,” she said.
Sandy Myhre also conducted interviews with former Formula One team owner and TV personality, Eddie Jordon.
WWCOTY is the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women motoring journalists – 41 jury members from 34 different countries with a collective audience of 268 million worldwide.