The Land Rover Defender is named the 2021 Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), bagging another accolade under its name. The Defender bested eight other vehicle finalists, which includes the Ferrari F8 Spider, Lexus LC500 Cabrio, Kia Sorento, Ford F-150, among others.
The WWCOTY is now in its 11th year, and it is the only jury in the automotive industry that’s composed exclusively of women. Before naming the Land Rover Defender as this year’s WWCOTY, the jurors released the best vehicles in each of its nine categories. Here are the finalists:
- Best Urban Car: Peugeot 208
- Best Family Car: Skoda Octavia
- Best Luxury Car: Lexus LC 500 Cabrio
- Best Performance Car: Ferrari F8 Spider
- Best Urban SUV: Peugeot 2008
- Best Medium SUV: Land Rover Defender
- Best Large SUV: Kia Sorento
- Best 4x4 & Pick-Up: Ford F-150
- Best EV: Honda e
From the said list, the jurors have deemed the Land Rover Defender as the 2021 WWCOTY. The jurors are composed of 50 female motoring experts from 38 countries and five continents.
The Land Rover Defender is the 2021 Women World Car of the Year
"The Women's World Car of the Year is the only jury in the world made up entirely of women motoring journalists. This gives it enormous value because its decisions represent the liking and preferences of millions of women drivers around the globe,” Executive President of the Women's World Car of the Year Marta Garcia said.
The WWCOTY features three rounds of the voting process. The first round is to determine the three best cars in each category, taking into account models launched between January and December 2020.
The second round requires the jurors to name the best vehicle in each category in relation to its rivals in the same segment. The jurors will then filter and choose which vehicle is the best among the category winners. As such, the Land Rover Defender got the most votes to clinch the 2021 WWCOTY award. The Defender was deemed the best based on safety, performance, comfort, technology, and value for money.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender looks sinister in black
The voting was verified by Grant Thornton, from its office in Auckland, New Zealand. The firm has been certifying the results of the Women's World Car of the Year since its inception in 2009.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender is available in the Philippines. Coventry Motors Corporation, the exclusive distributor of Land Rover vehicles in the country, is offering the Defender as a long-wheelbase variant (Defender 110) or a short-wheelbase trim (Defender 90).
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