WWCOTY grows in USA thanks to journalist Sue Mead

Mead is the latest juror to be added to the Women’s World Car of the Year jury

Sue Mead

Women’s World Car of the Year reinforces its role in the USA thanks a new renowned  jury member, Sue Mead. With her appointment, WWCOTY, the only car awards group in the world comprised exclusively by women motoring journalists, has a jury of 53 female motoring journalists from 40 countries across all five continents.

Mead’s automotive career began as a freelance evaluator for Four Wheeler Magazine in 1988, on the first team that included women as testers. Today, she travels the globe test-driving cars and trucks, and working as a photojournalist/feature writer for dozens of publications; she specializes in 4WD and adventure. Mead has been an auto editor and 4WD editor for CNN/fn and authored three automotive books- Monster Trucks and Tractors; Off Road Racing, Legends and Adventures; and Rock Crawling. She has been to more than 70 countries; driven enough off-road and 4WD race miles to have circumnavigated the globe twice and won the Open Production class at the 2011 Dakar. She is an inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

“It is an honor to be one of the WWCOTY jurors representing the U.S. As a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) jury, the Texas Automotive Press Association (TAWA) and the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA), I am very experienced at evaluating vehicles. After 33 years in the field, I have likely driven more than 3,000 vehicles of every shape, size and mission in the market. And, while I love off-road racing and backcountry adventure, I like thinking about everyday vehicles for everyday drivers. I am fortunate to drive a new vehicle each week, and to attend press/ testing events for the latest all-new models. My granddaughter, Evie, and I drive the new vehicles I get at my home and we talk about what we like. She brings fresh eyes and insights to my job and creates more excitement, as she represents a new and upcoming generation. The last vehicle I personally owned 24 years ago was a 1951 Willys A truck!”

“More people own cars than houses in the U.S. The most popular segments are trucks and SUVs but many buyers are performance enthusiasts, too. Now, with hybrid vehicles already well-established, electric vehicles are coming on strong in every class in the market, as well as in off-road racing.”

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