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Hellcat, Renegade finalists for World Car of the Year

by Bill Cawthon on


The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Jeep Renegade are both finalists for the World Car of the Year. The winners will be announced on April 2, 2015, at the New York Auto Show.

The Renegade was one of ten candidates for the World Car of the Year, and the Challenger made the cut as one of ten competing for Performance Car of the Year. The candidates were selected from the votes of an international jury of 75 automotive journalists.

Only one other American car is vying for Car of the Year and Performance Car of the Year (Mustang and Corvette, respectively).

Car of the Year Performance Car of the Year
Jeep Renegade Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Audi S1*
Citroën C4 Cactus* Audi S3
Ford Mustang Audi TT/TTS
Hyundai Genesis Bentley Continental GT Speed
Mazda2 BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Corvette Z06
MINI 5-door/MINI 4-door Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe
Nissan Qashqai* Lexus RC-F
Volkswagen Passat** Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
*Not sold in U.S. **European model

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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