Volvo XC90 wins 2015 Women’s World Car of the Year award

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The new Volvo XC90 is the winner of  the Women’s World Car of the Year 2015 writes Geraldine Herbert

Judging has just been completed in the 2015 Women’s World Car of the Year awards and the Volvo XC90 has captured the top prize.

The XC90 won the SUV-Crossover category and in the second round of voting emerged as the overall winner as well.

The second-generation mid-sized crossover SUV was launched in August, 2014, and marked the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history.

The XC90 was three years in the making and part of a significant investment programme from the company known world-wide for safety and innovation.

President and CEO of Volvo Car Group, Håkan Samuelsson, said at the time, that the company was not just launching a car, but re-launching the Volvo brand.

In winning the Supreme Trophy in Women’s World Car of the Year the Volvo XC90 has been given a stamp of approval from the only motor vehicle award organisation in the world voted entirely by women. Currently there are 20 judges on the panel from 14 different countries.

The Women’s World car of the year was founded in response to the lack of representation, of women, on both the jury for the European Car of the Year and the World Car of the year.  There are currently 2 women on the European jury of 58  and only 3 of 72 on the World Car jury.

Judges are  not voting for “a woman’s car”.  Rather, they vote as motoring journalists and assess cars accordingly from experience and knowledge.  They do, however, take into account what they think women would like to buy – an important distinction. Indeed, this difference is another factor contributing to the unique value of Women’s World Car of the Year.

Commenting on the Volvo XC90 capturing the major prize in Women’s World Car of the Year, Volvo Cars President & CEO Håkan Samuelsson, said he is “delighted” about the award. “With the XC90, Volvo Cars begun a relaunch of its brand. This award is a testament that we have come a long way already and that we have succeeded in making the XC90 attractive for a very important audience, so we are of course both honoured and delighted.”

 

 

Category winners in the 2015 Women’s World Car of the Year are:

 

 

Family Car:                           Renault Espace

Budget Car:                           Scion iM/Toyota Auris

SUV Crossover:                   Volvo XC90   

Green Car:                             BMW i8

Luxury Car:                           Mercedes S-Class

Performance Car:                Mercedes GT AMG

Dream Car:                          Mazda MX-5

 

JURY, WOMEN’S WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR 2015

Alicia Ryzewski                                 Argentina

Geraldine Herbert                           Ireland

Holly Reich                                       USA

Jacqui Madelin                                 New Zealand

Jaedene Hudson                              Australia

Jil McIntosh                                      Canada

Juliet Potter                                      Australia

Lauren Fix                                         USA

LouAnn Hammond                         USA

Maggie Barry                                    Scotland

Maria Leitner                                   Italy

Nguyen Hoa                                      Vietnam

Regina Chan                                      Canada

Renuka Kirpalani                             India

Sandy Myhre                                     New Zealand

Sevil Okumus                                   Turkey

Silvia Baruffaldi                               Italy

Sue Baker                                          England

Ylle Rajasaar                                     Estonia

Marta Garcia                                     Spain

 

19th October, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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