- Published: Sunday, 07 December 2014 07:50
Women love Jazz, and we’re not just talking John Coltrane, Miles Davis and even, shudder, Michael Buble: The Honda Jazz compact hatch has just been announced as the Women’s World Car Of The Year (WWCOTY) in the Budget Category. It pipped the second place Kia Soul to the award.
The WWCOTY is run by Women’s World magazine in New Zealand - trust the ever practical Kiwis to come up with something like that, as we can’t imagine women here being worked up enough about cars to vote about them. But as the world becomes more inclusive, even motorcycle makers like BMW are trying to woo the fairer sex in sales.
WWCOTY is run very much like your typical car award, with ten different criteria guiding the evaluation including sex appeal, “wow” factor, comfort, storage, drive quality, design, function, appeal, style and value for money.
While it’s run by Women’s World, the panel itself is made up of motoring journalists of the fairer sex, gathered from 15 different countries with seven car categories - best family car, sports car, luxury car, SUV, green car, dream car and budget car.
The overall winner was the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which pipped the Audi A8 to first position, while the Tesla Model S was third. Audi was the most represented, with wins in family car (A3 Sedan) and sports car (S3). The Range Rover (which was recently launched here in $800k LWB form) won in the SUV segment, while the Tesla Model S took the green machine award and finally Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe (check out our review in print in the upcoming CB issue 229) won the dream car trophy.
The Jazz scored points with us at CarBuyer by being an even better version of the car that preceded it, with great dynamics, economy, being cheap to run, looking cute and having tons of interior space and features.
Check out CarBuyer's favourite cars of 2014 in the next issue, CB229, which is out in the third week of December, and be sure to catch our round up of all the new cars launching in 2015 as well!