Finalists Announced for 2009 World Car of the Year Award

2009 World Car of the Year Awards
2009 World Car of the Year Awards

Nissan GT-R receives two nominations

Finalists for the world car of the year awards have been announced ahead of a press conference at the New York Auto Show where the winners will be awarded on April 9.

In the category of 2009 World Car of the Year there are eleven finalists and they include the Audi A4, BMW 7 Series, Citroen C5, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit / Jazz, Jaguar XF, Mazda Atenza / Mazda6, Nissan GT-R, Toyota iQ, and the Volkswagen Golf VI.

Nominations for the 2009 World Performance Car include the Audi RS 6 Avant, BMW 135i, Corvette ZR1, Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo, Mercedes-Benz's C63 AMG and SL 63 AMG, Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Carrera and the ugly duckling of the group, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

This year's jury includes 59 members of the automotive press who were selected by secret ballot and represent Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. The panel will now go back and vote for their favorite vehicle in both categories taking into account the car's overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. On March 9, the three vehicles with the most votes will be announced and the final round of voting to select the winners will take place.


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mc959 mc959
1 car from asia, 1 american brand and the last 1 is from europe.... think it's the IQ that's gonna win! i got one and it drives fantastic, lol
Mar 14th, 2009 4:39am
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nendor nendor
oH Even Benz isn't in the list
Jan 29th, 2009 11:29am
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Ash Ash
I think the Nissan GTR has it...
Jan 29th, 2009 10:22am
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Ash Ash
WHAT No Mazda!...come on where is the new Mazda 6?
Jan 29th, 2009 10:21am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
the mazda 6 is in that list
Jan 29th, 2009 12:07pm
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jonzofon jonzofon
The Mazda6 is there don't worry LOL, I've got the euro-spec model and it definitely deserves to be their. I thought the Opel/Insgnia Would be up there, or was that for 2008?
Jan 29th, 2009 3:55pm
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yavin4 yavin4
I cannot believe they didn't nominate the Ferrari Scuderia!!
Jan 29th, 2009 12:01am
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stickzilla stickzilla
"ugly duckling of the group, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI." do you have to add insult to injury??
Jan 29th, 2009 12:00am
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NardoW12 NardoW12
GT-R is a very nice car, but Nissan gonna have to find a way to make the transmission more durable. Also, voiding your warranty because you turn off VDC and uses Launch Control is BS, since using Launch Control is the only way of reaching 0-60 under 3.5s.
Jan 28th, 2009 11:27pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
nissan gt-r is the one
Jan 28th, 2009 10:48pm
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