2024 World Car of the Year candidates revealed

Updated Nov 06, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Of note, 16 of the 36 candidates are Chinese-made.

The list of candidates for the 2024 World Car of the Year award is now out. From what we can see, Chinese cars are taking over the list, accounting for almost half of the entries.

GWM Haval H6 front view

GWM Haval H6

The Chinese-branded cars on the list include the BYD Atto 3, BYD Dolphin, BYD Seal, Dorcen E20, GWM Haval H6, GWM Ora 07, Maxus Mifa 9, MG One, Nio ET5, Omoda 5, Seres 5, WEY Coffee 02, Xpeng G9, XPeng P7, Zeekr 001, and Zeekr X. Some of which are now made available in the Philippine market.

Meanwhile, the other candidates for the prestigious accolade are the Abarth 500e, Chevrolet Trax, Citroen C3 Aircross, Fisker Ocean, Ford Bronco, Honda e:Ny1/e:NS1/e:NP1, Hyundai Kona, and Hyundai Santa Fe. 

The list goes on as it also has the following candidates: KG Mobility Torres, Kia EV9, Lexus LBX, Mazda CX-50, Mazda CX-90, Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 408, Subaru Crosstrek, Suzuki Fronx, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen ID.7, and Volvo EX30.

BYD Dolphin front view

BYD Dolphin

Based on the cars listed, 16 out of the 36 candidates are Chinese-made, which shows that cars coming from China are gaining an international presence.

To be eligible for the World Car of the Year award, an entry must produce at least 10,000 units per year and must be priced below the luxury car market. It must also be “on sale” in at least two major markets on at least two separate continents between January 1, 2022, and March 30, 2023.

Candidates for the World Car of the Year award are automatically eligible for World Car Design of the Year.

Zeekr 001 front view

Zeekr 001

The title is currently held by the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In the same year, the Korean electric vehicle (EV) also won the World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year. The previous year saw the Hyundai Ioniq 5 winning the three aforementioned awards as well.

Can Hyundai repeat for another year with either the Kona or Santa Fe? Or maybe a Chinese car model will rise to the occasion? We’ll find out once the World Car of the Year announces the winners on March 27 next year at the New York International Auto Show.

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Know more about Great Wall Motor Haval H6 2024

Great Wall Motor Haval H6

The Great Wall Motor (GWM) Haval H6 is a five-seater compact crossover. For the Philippine market, this model has two different variants. There’s the Haval H6 Max priced at Php 1,788,000, and the Haval H6 Supreme which retails at Php 1,883,000.

Size-wise, the Haval H6 crossover is 4,653mm long, 1886mm wide, and 1,730mm in height. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,738mm. 

Powering the Haval H6 is a 1.5-liter turbocharged Series-Parallel Hybrid system that can make up to 240 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via a hybrid transmission. 

Locally, the Haval H6 competes against the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Peugeot 3008, among others. 

₱ 1,788,000 - ₱ 1,883,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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