In beating the Range Rover Velar and Mazda CX-5, the XC60 not only notched up the crown for the first time for Volvo but follows the smaller XC40’s triumph earlier this year in winning European Car of the Year. The XC60 is also the second SUV to win after the Jaguar F-Pace become the first in 2017.
“I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off. We are up against some tough competition, but this award for the XC60 shows that Volvo has the right combination of design, connectivity and safety that appeals to customers across the world,” Volvo Cars President and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, said following the announcement.
In the World Urban Car of the Year category, the Volkswagen Polo took top honours ahead of the Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Swift, while the Nissan Leaf took home the World Green Car of the Year gong in edging out the BMW 530e iPerformance and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
The World Luxury Car of the Year accolade went to the Audi A8 at the expense of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera, with the recently launched in South Africa BMW M5 came out tops in the World Performance Car of the Year award in front of the Honda Civic Type R and Lexus LC500.
Despite losing out on the overall title, the Range Rover Velar drove way with the World Car Design of the Year title in beating out the XC60 and LC500.