The five finalists for the 2021 World Car Person of the Year were announced alongside the Top Ten & Top Five finalists in the five World Car Awards categories.
Tata Motors' Vice-President of Global Design, Pratap Bose, is one of the five finalists for the 2021 World Car Person of the Year award. Alongside Bose in the top five are some of the most distinguished personalities from the global auto industry: Luc Donckerwolke (Chief Creative Officer – Hyundai Group), Euisun Chung (Chairman – Hyundai Motor Group), Tomiko Takeuchi (first-ever female chief engineer and program manager of the Mazda MX-30), and Akio Toyoda (President/CEO – Toyota Motor Corporation).
93 World Car Awards (WCA) jurors from twenty-eight countries collectively voted for the finalists by secret ballot, and the vote results were tabulated by KMPG. As for the eligibility criteria, each award candidate must have made a significant contribution to the global automotive industry during the period from 1st January to 31st December 2020. The contribution could include a significant impact to their brand or company, for example, or a significant safety, engineering, design, or technical advancement.
For those not aware, Pratap Bose is a Royal College of Art (London) graduate who, in 2011, became the Head of Design at Tata Motors. As VP of Global Design, Bose now leads three design centres in India, Italy, and the UK. The Safari Storme was one of Bose's first design assignments at Tata Motors, and over the years, he's become globally renowned for introducing Tata's IMPACT 2.0 Design philosophy.
The World Car Person of the Year award is just one of six awards handed out annually by the World Car Awards – the other five being the World Car of the Year, World Urban Car, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, and World Car Design of the Year. From next year, this number will go up to seven, with the debut of the World Electric Car of the Year award.