Nominees for the 2016 World Car of the Year award have been announced today, along with contenders for specific Performance, Luxury, Green and Design categories.

Today’s announcement follows the anticipated victory in April of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which beat out the likes of Ford’s new Mustang - available in Europe for the first time - and the new Volkswagen Passat to be named World Car of the Year.

Other winners in 2015 included the BMW i8 (Green), the Citroen C4 Cactus (Design), Mercedes-AMG GT (Performance) and the S-Class Coupe (Luxury).

As in previous years, models in the hunt for the 2016 prize must be new and officially available to buy on at least two continents between January 1 2015 and May 31 2016.

Judges for the 2016 World Car of the Year Award have announced an initial list of nominees this week, ahead of a top-three finalists announcement due at the Geneva motor show in March.

The winner will follow at the New York Auto Show, later that month.

See the list of contenders below, and click through each list item for news, reviews, pricing and specs.

2016 World Car of the Year finalists

Audi A4

BMW X1

Cadillac CT6

Chevrolet Malibu

Ford Edge (possible Territory replacement)

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Creta

Hyundai Tucson

Jaguar XE

Kia Optima

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Toyota Mirai

Toyota Prius

Volkswagen Passat GTE

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2016 World Design Car of the Year

Audi Q7

Audi R8 Coupe

BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW 7 Series

Hyundai Creta

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

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Which cars do you think are most deserving of the 2016 World Car of the Year awards, in each category? Preferences aside, which do you think are most likely to win?

Tell us in the comments below.


Elsewhere, the 2016 European Car of the Year award judging is also under way, with models like the Renault Talisman, Infiniti Q30 and Tesla Model X in the running.