Women's World Car of the Year

BMW and Citroen have both won the 2011 Women’s Car of the Year award for the 5 Series and DS3 respectively.

Fourteen female judges from around the world including Australia, USA, China and the UK have voted in a secret ballot across four categories: Best Family Car, Best Sports Car, Best Luxury and Most Economical.

Director, Paul McCormick, said the results showed clear winners in each category however the overall supreme winner was a dead heat between the BMW 5 Series and the Citroen DS3.

“Each judge voted according to her specialist knowledge and not all judges voted similarly,” said McCormick.

“It was so very close between the top contenders and whatever way the voting is viewed, both the BMW 5 Series and the Citroen DS3 could not be separated – and for different reasons – and this, of course, shows the democratic nature of the voting system.”

Chief Judge, Sandy Myhre of New Zealand, said two more judges will be added to the jury list for 2012 – one from Australia and another from China.

”These awards are unique worldwide and are gaining recognition,” said Myhre.

“We began with eight original judges in 2009 and have now doubled that, which reflects the importance of a woman’s viewpoint to the motor industry.“

Category winners and the runners–up are:

Family Car
Volvo S60
Kia Sportage

Sports Car
Aston Martin Rapide
Audi TT

Luxury Car
BMW 5 Series
Jaguar XJ

Economical Car
Citroen DS3
Mini One Diesel

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