The jury of Women's World Car of the Year, which comprises women motoring writers from 12 countries, has completed the voting process for 2013.
The official results in each category are:
Family Car: 1st - Audi Allroad
2nd - Volkswagen Golf
3rd - BMW 3 Series
Luxury Car: 1st - Range Rover
2nd - Mercedes Benz SL550
3rd - BMW 6 Series
Sports Car: 1st - Porsche Boxster S
2nd - Audi RS5
3rd - Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ
SUV: 1st - Mazda CX5
2nd - Hyundai Sante Fe
3rd - Nissan Pathfinder
Economy Car: 1st - Ford Fiesta 1.0l EcoBoost
2nd - Kia Forte
3rd - Toyota Prius
Chief Judge, Sandy Myhre, said the judging categories changed for 2013 and the three-tier voting system makes it hard for any car to be selected as a category finalist, let alone winning. Judges supply their own short list from 2013 model year cars they've tested. From there a short list is formed to determine the finalists and from the finalist list judges choose their supreme winner and the podium finishers. The awards are audited from the Auckland, New Zealand, office of international accountants, Grant Thornton.
She said the Women's World Car of the Year awards are designed primarily to reflect the preferences of women buyers through the ballot box of women motoring writers from around the world and points out that while some of the judging criteria remains consistent throughout, there are variables.
“The Family Car category, for instance, includes child-friendliness, storage space and value-for-money and individually these aren't always appropriate on which to judge a sports car for example. “It's what makes these awards unique, quite apart from the fact there is no other international motoring award in the world which is voted for by women and with women in mind.”
This year judges were asked to vote for SUVs in a separate category. The Mazda CX5 was the narrow winner over the Hyundai Sante Fe. And in a purely fun category judges were asked to nominate their Dream Car. This was won by the Aston Martin Vanquish, just nudging out the Jaguar F-type.
The presentation of the trophies and certificates will this year take place in London at the beginning of October.