New Urban Car vote for World Car Awards to reflect rise in city living
Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30
The World Car Awards jury, of which I'm a member, will be asked to vote for a new category next time around.
There will be a new 'World Urban Car' gong. This is to reflect, and focus on, cars used mostly in an urban environment.
I think it is a great idea and look forward, hopefully, to participating because it is increasingly the case that so many people are gravitating towards, or living in, cities around the world. The World Car Awards committee says the global population will reach nine billion-plus by 2050, with the majority of those living, commuting and driving in packed towns and cities.
Which is why World Car Awards are "urging manufacturers to think more seriously" about more urban cars.
So what will make a World Urban Car contender?
Well, they don't necessarily have to be tiny - indeed multi-seat, multi-purpose cars of four metres could qualify as well.
Here are the overarching criteria: Between one metre and four metres long; 'green'; safe; quiet; flexible; driver, pedestrian, cyclist friendly; affordable; capable of motorway speeds; fit in the narrowest of driving lanes and the 'tightest of parking spaces above or below ground'.
This year's overall winner the Mazda MX-5 (pictured) would probably have been a contender.
I'll keep you posted on developments.