Henny Hemmes The Auto Channel's Senior European Editor Appointed World Car of the Year Jurist


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AUTO CENTRAL - December 9, 2012: Henny Hemmes, The Auto Channel’s senior European editor, has been installed as a juror for the World Car Awards. The WCA is a program initiated by, organized by, and conducted by automotive journalists from all over the world for the election of the World Car of the Year (WCOTY).


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Ms. Hemmes is an expert auto veteran, as both a journalist and a champion race driver, as well as senior European Editor here at The Auto Channel.

Besides being one of Europe’s most prolific and well-regarded autowriters, she can boast more than 20 years of experience as race driver, race-instructor and anti-skid instructor. Henny started racing in 1975 after winning a talent contest in Belgium. A year later she finished second in her first 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. It was to be the first of many podium finishes during her career in long distance racing. She won the Dutch Championship twice (with Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (400 hp) and Ford Merkur Cosworth). Henny also works as test driver, automotive writer and photographer for many international automobile publications.

Henny is part of the 7-member international correspondent panel. In total, the judging panel consists of 64 international automotive journalists from all continents. The contest celebrated its inaugural year in 2005, Since 2006, the jurors also elect the World Car Design of the Year, the World Performance Car and the World Green Car.

Henny will publish her test drives and her evaluation of the contenders for the 2013 World Car Awards here on The Auto Channel, with the articles concerning nominees identified with the WCA/WCOTY logo.

2013 World Car Awards - Overall World Car of the Year Nominees

Aston Martin Vanquish

Audi A3

BMW 1 Series Three Door / Hatchback

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

Buick Encore

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac XTS

Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Spin

Citroen C-Elysee

Citroen C4 Aircross

Dodge Dart / Fiat Viaggio

Dodge Ram 1500

Fiat 500L

Ford Escape / Kuga

Honda Accord

Hyundai i30

Hyundai Santa Fe

Infiniti JX

Jaguar F-Type

Kia Carens / Rondo

Kia Cerato / K3 / Forte

Kia Quoris / K9

Land Rover Range Rover

Mazda CX5

Mazda6

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL

Mercedes-Benz SL

MINI Paceman

Nissan Altima

Nissan Note / Versa

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Sylphy

Peugeot 208

Peugeot 301

Porsche Boxster / Cayman

Renault Clio

Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

Subaru XV

Tesla Model S

Volkswagen Golf

Volvo V40
2013 World Car Awards - Timeline

January 7 – 20, 2013
• First round of voting to determine the Top Ten World Car and World Performance Car finalists.

January 31, 2013
• Top ten World Car and World Performance Car finalists announced
• Top five World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year announced.

February 1 – 11, 2013
• Jurors’ final round of voting on finalists to determine winners for:
• World Car of the Year
• World Green Car
• World Performance Car
• World Design of the Year

February 11– 16, 2013
• KPMG tabulates vote results

March 5, 2013
• Top Three finalists in all categories announced at the Geneva International Motor Show.

March 28, 2013
• All World Car award winners announced at New York International Auto Show.

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