The finalists for the 2017 World Car of the Year Awards have been whittled down to three in each field and, not to talk ourselves up or celebrate too early, we are absolutely prophetic geniuses.
As we do every year, when the lists of finalists were first announced last month we stuck our neck out and made predictions as to what cars we thought would win.
Now, the judges have voted and fields have been narrowed from five to three (or in the case of the main award, 10 to three) and we’re happy to say our predictions are all still alive.
Well, all but one.
Unlike the rest of the categories, the World Car Design of the Year is voted on by a panel of design experts rather than motoring journalists.
One glance in our wardrobe would reveal we know nothing about style whatsoever, so it shouldn’t really have come as a surprise our Audi A5/S5 pick didn’t make the cut (but we maintain it’s a beautiful car).
But for everything else, we’re still in with a chance.
The main gong will be going to a European marque, with the Jaguar F-Pace, Volkswagen Tiguan and our choice, the Audi Q5, all still in the running.
Audi was almost assured a spot in the final three given the A5/S5 and Q2 were also in the running before being culled along with the Mazda CX-9, Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder, Honda Civic, Skoda Kodiaq and Toyota C-HR.
The World Luxury Car and World Performance Car categories are also all-Euro affairs, with our choices being the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Porsche Boxster/Cayman.
The World Green Car is a more diverse race, with the unavailable-in-Australia Chevrolet Bolt and Toyota Prius Prime competing with our choice, the Tesla Model X.
In the first ever World Urban Car award, our Suzuki Ignis is the flying the non-Euro flag against the Citroen C3 and BMW i3.
Now, we’re going to completely jinx ourselves and find out if any of the trillion online sports betting agencies has a market for this…
2017 World Car of the Year
Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, Volkswagen Tiguan
(Out: Mazda CX-9, Fiat/Abarth 124 Spyder, Honda Civic, Skoda Kodiaq and Toyota C-HR)
2017 World Luxury Car
BMW 5 Series, Mecedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90/V90
(Out: Bentley Bentayga, Genesis G90)
2017 World Performance Car
Audi R8 Spyder, Mclaren 570S, Porsche Boxster/Cayman
(Out: Aston Martin DB11, Honda NSX)
2017 World Green Car
Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius Prime
(Out: Honda Clarity, Hyundai Ioniq)
2017 World Urban Car
BMW i3 (94 Ah), Citroen C3, Suzuki Ignis
(Out: Ford KA+, Smart Cabriolet)
2017 World Car Design of the Year
Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, Toyota C-HR
(Out: Audi A5/S5*, Mazda CX-9)
* Robbed, travesty, debacle etc.)