Are world cars on the rise? Cars that can be sold around the world with a minimum of modifications are the dream of car makers, and for obvious reasons – it means that they don’t face the cost of developing a variation, or something entirely new, to suit specific regions.

Compare the list of candidates for the 2014 World Car of the Year awards with those eligible for the 2013 contest, and there’s quite a stark contrast.

Among the cars eligible for the 2014 contest, composed of cars launched this year, you’ll find just five whose reach is only regional, among them the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Silverado, Opel/Vauxhall Cascada and Peugeot 308.

Perform the same exercise on the 2013 WCoTY candidates and there are no less than 12 regional models, including the Buick Encore, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Spin, Dodge Dart, Dodge Ram, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sylphy, Peugeot 208, Peugeot 301 and Volvo V40