WWCOTY in Italy for the 40th ‘Mille Miglia’ Race.
WWCOTY in Italy for the ‘Mille Miglia’ Race.
The engines of the Mille Miglia have started up again. For its 40th edition, the WWCOTY (Women’s World Car of the Year) jury joined the ‘most beautiful race in the world’, as Enzo Ferrari called it. Over 400 priceless classic cars are competing along the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia route of almost 2000 kilometers, which goes through 250 municipalities during four days. Classic cars, which have made automotive history throughout the world and also their latest evolutions will follow the Mille Miglia torpedo.
‘The 1000 Miglia is more than a race, it is a fascination, a dream and a passion for cars,’ comments Marta Garcia, WWCOTY executive president and juror for Spain. ‘This year, Women’s World Car of the Year will be present at one of the most legendary car races and it will be exciting for the WWCOTY Executive President, Marta García, to drive the legendary Italian route on board an Alfa Tonale, the model just launched by the company to mark the Biscione’s evolution towards alternative forms of propulsion. Ms. García will be accompanied by co-driver Ilaria Salzano (WWCOTY Italian juror).
“The Mille Miglia has never been the same,” comments Ilaria Salzano. “Every year the comparison between past and present is more and more interesting and able to give new drivers stimuli. The sector is changing fast. Being here and taking part in the event means that we absolutely do not miss this show!”.
The automotive journalists, representing Spain and Italy in the WWCOTY organization, which contains a total of 58 jurors from 42 countries around the world, will be able to test the cars and evaluate them at 360 degrees, engaging with the social media audience on driveability, comfort and consumption, and reporting, stage by stage, on their experience with the Alfa team. Already at the starting line, the brand is confirmed as the most represented, with no less than 50 cars. Also present in the race are the 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928, the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954 and the 1900 Super Sprint from 1956, three vintage cars that arrived from the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese. The cars belong to the collection of Heritage, a department of Stellantis dedicated to the protection and promotion of historical heritage, consisting of over 600 examples of vintage cars of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands.
Women’s World Car of the Year.
Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car awards group in the world comprised exclusively of women motoring journalists. It was created by New Zealand motoring journalist, Sandy Myhre, in 2009. She is currently Honorary President while Marta García performs as Executive President.
The objective of the awards is to highlight the role of woman in the car world and also to choose the best cars of the year. About voting, the criteria are based on the same principles that guide any driver when choosing a car. The selections are not ‘woman’s car’ because such categories do not exist. Aspects such as safety, quality, price, design, ease of driving, benefits and environmental footprint, among others, are taken into account when casting the votes.
2022 Peugeot 308
2021 Land Rover Defender
2018 Volvo XC40
2017 Hyundai Ioniq
2016 Jaguar F-Pace
2015 Volvo XC90
2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2013 Ford Fiesta
2012 Range Rover Evoque
2011 BMW Series 5 and Citroen DS 3
Cars eligible for this global award must be sold on at least two continents, although they may have different names. All votes are verified by the auditing firm Grant Thornton.