TodayApril 15, 2022

Women’s World Car of the Year winners WWCOTY


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 Supreme Award for 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year goes to: MAZDA 3

The Supreme Award for 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year goes to: MAZDA 3

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

Green Car Award: Kia Soul EV

Green Car Award: Kia Soul EV

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 honor of a jury member from New York who passed away in 2016 after battling cancer five times over 22 years. Reich wrote about lifestyle and design in luxury cars. Judges were asked to name the car they would love to own – if only they could.

The winner is:
Porsche Taycan

Holly Reich Dream Car Award

Holly Reich Dream Car Award

Accepting the award 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 the 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.

SUV/Crossover Range Rover Evoque

SUV/Crossover Range Rover Evoque

Ayhan Olcer, CEO of AGMC BMW, accepted the award for the BMW 8 Series winning the Luxury Car Award.

Woman of Worth Award: This award was introduced in 2018. The finalists in this category were 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

Linda Jackson, CEO, Citroën

From France, Linda Jackson said she was honored, “Beyond my person, I believe that 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. An exceptional year, including in terms of sales since we are the most fast-growing mainstream brand in Europe in the top 10 brands!

“So, I’m very proud to receive this award this year, and you can be sure that Citroën will continue to astonish you in 2020! Thank you very much again!

Accepting the award on behalf of Ms. Jackson, who couldn’t attend in Dubai was Emirati businesswoman and entrepreneur, Thoraya Al Awadhi.

Representing Woman’s World Car of the Year was CEO, Sandy Myhre, and Shereen Shabnam of Dubai, Editor in Chief Millennium Millionaire Group, Magazine Editor Trending Business Insights, Founder of All About Wheels and Lifestyle Writer for Madame Magazine.

Sandy Myhre said the activities for women at the Dubai International Motor Show were ground-breaking, “Creating time in a motor show specifically for women is a world first. Women’s World Car of the Year has never announced their results live from a motor show, so that’s innovative as well. To be able to interview women driving instructors from Saudi Arabia live on the stage is, of course, pioneering. The fact all these things are happening in Dubai in the UAE is highly symbolic,”

Women’s World Car of the Year 2019 Finalists:


WINNER: Mazda 3
FINALIST: Toyota Corolla


FINALIST: Renault Clio
FINALIST: Skoda Scala


FINALIST: Audi e-tron Quattro
FINALIST: Tesla Model 3


WINNER: BMW 8 Series
FINALIST: Porsche Cayenne Coupe


WINNER: Porsche 911
FINALIST: Mercedes AMG A35/45
FINALIST: Toyota GR Supra


WINNER: Range Rover Evoque
FINALIST: Citroën C5 Aircross


Women’s World Car of the Year Judging Panel

Sandy Myhre – New Zealand – Honorary President
Marta Garcia – Spain – Executive President
Renuka Kirpalani – India
Charleen Clarke – South Africa
Regina Chan – Canada
Sue Baker – United Kingdom
Jill Mcintosh – Canada
Alicia Ryzewski – Argentina
Jacqui Madelin – New Zealand
Geraldine Herbert – Ireland
Maggie Barry – Scotland
Odiel Mennink – The Netherlands
Ylle Tampere – Estonia
Hoa Huyen – Vietnam
Sara Soria – Spain
Isabel Del Angel Negrete – Mexico
Carla Ribeiro – Portugal
Francisca Munoz Matus – Chile
Nadine Armstrong – Australia
Solveig Grewe – Germany
Anat Daniel – Israel
Liz Swanton – Australia
Ariadne Gerasimidou – Greece
Liza Maria Rojas – Columbia
Guillermina Fossati – Argentina
Petra Walter – Austria
Shereen Shabnam – Dubai
Olesya Repkina – Russia
Michelle Ferreira – Brazil
Nicole Wakelin – United States
Lou Hammond – United States
Alix Capper Murdoch – Cyprus
Ilaria Salzano – Italy
Mervi Varonen – Finland
Sabina Kvasova – Czech Republic
Etsuko Kusuda – Japan
Rita Cook – United States
Miladys Soto – Puerto Rico
Jimena Olazar – Argentina
Malene Raith – Denmark
Beatriz Nunez – Costa Rica
Melina Priam – France
Judith Hernández – Ecuador

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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