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World Car of the Year candidates announced

 World Car of the Year candidates announced
2013 BMW M6 Coupe

European and Japanese brands come out on top

The finalists for the World Car of the Year awards have been announced, ahead of their reveal at the New York Auto Show on March 28th.

In the title category, jurors will have to select between:

  • Audi A3
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Mazda6
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Peugeot 208
  • Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volvo V40

Likewise, the World Performance Car will be one of the following:

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Audi RS 5
  • BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible
  • BMW M 135i
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
  • Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • Renault Clio Sport
  • Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

The World Green Car of the Year will be selected from one of these five models:

  • Renault Zoe
  • smart Electric Drive
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

Lastly, the World Car Design of the Year award will go to one of the following:

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Renault Clio
  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Mazda 6
  • Volkswagen Golf

A panel of 66 international automotive journalists will evaluate the cars on "merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal and significance." They will narrow the field to three finalists, before having a final vote to select the winners.

Source: World Car Awards

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! TOP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners’ press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

The top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.

A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists in both categories by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe and the U.K., North America, Russia, as well as other parts of the world. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries. For more details about our jurors, and their outlets, please visit our website: www.wcoty.com and choose 2013 Awards > Juror List.

The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots and announced the top ten finalists in both categories today.

The 2013 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following top ten cars listed in alphabetical order:

Audi A3
Land Rover Range Rover
Mazda6
Mazda CX-5
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Peugeot 208
Porsche Boxster / Cayman
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86
Volkswagen Golf
Volvo V40
The 2013 World Performance Car will be chosen from one of these top tenfinalists:

Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi RS 5
BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible
BMW M 135i
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Porsche Boxster / Cayman
Renault Clio Sport
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86
The jurors’ next step is to re-evaluate the top ten cars in both classes, in preparation for a final round of voting in February. They will specifically rate each vehicle in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. KPMG will again tabulate the vote results. The top three finalists in both categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 5th during a press conference co-hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show.

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Up! in 2012, the Nissan LEAF in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

Previous World Performance Car winners were the Porsche 911 in 2012, the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2011, the Audi R8 V10 in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.

The 2013 World Green Car category is handled differently. Five experts in “green” technology were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate on the list of nominees. The experts then create a short-list of finalists for review by the sixty-six jurors in their second round of voting in February. The finalists for 2013 are:

Renault Zoe
smart Electric Drive
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

The five experts on the advisory panel are in alphabetical order: Phil Berg (USA - PopularMechanics.com); Richard Bremner (U.K.- cleangreencars.co.uk), Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany - automobil-industrie.de); Tadashi Tateuchi (Japan - founder and chairman of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club) and John Voelcker (USA - GreenCarReports.com)

Cars eligible for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates or they may be included as a stand-alone entry provided the vehicle is introduced and available for sale in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May 30th, 2013.

Again, a design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors. The design experts are:

Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist); Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy – Auto & Design magazine);

Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School); Sam Livingstone (U.K. - Car Design Research and Royal College of Art) and Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)

The finalists they’ve chose for the jurors are:

Aston Martin Vanquish
Renault Clio
Jaguar F-Type
Land Rover Range Rover
Mazda 6
Volkswagen Golf

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy is the World Car Awards’ research partner. The company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global automotive media coverage.

Now in their ninth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world’s most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford (U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

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Comments (20)

 estman estman
World car of the Year: Subaru BRZ, World Performance car of the Year: Ferrari F12 berlinetta, World Green car of the Year: Tesla Model S, World Car Design of the Year: Mazda 6
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February 12, 2013 12:53 pm
 Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
World Car Of The Year = Volvo V40 vs Peugeot 208 ; World Performance of The Year = BMW M135i
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February 4, 2013 9:08 am
 nahidrahman nahidrahman
1. Toyota GT 86; 2.•Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; 3.Tesla Model S; 4.Aston Martin Vanquish
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February 4, 2013 6:29 am
 zipziprepair zipziprepair
I'm with dbehmoaras GT-86 will probably take it.
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February 4, 2013 2:24 am
 haji haji
Sorry Peugeot and Renault. No chance for you guys without the USDM market.
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February 4, 2013 2:20 am
 Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
What is a Volkswagen Golf doing in the World Car Design of the Year section?! Pretty sad however that our American cars are viewed with contempt by the rest of the world. There's not one American car in there, not even a European Ford.
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February 3, 2013 1:28 pm
 slim slim
C.O.T.Y. is Range Rover if I had to pick one, but all on that list suck. The FRS/GT86/BRZ is the most overrated Pontiac Fiero in history. "Performance" car is hands down the M6- 560hp and room for a family of four and sexy appearance. Tesla S will win "Green" car but the Jetta diesel & Prius should be on the list. Lastly, of all the ugly cars listed in the design category, how can the Aston not win unanimously?? I dont think one human being on earth will pick the VW Golf over any other car on the list. If RR made the list, then the Ford Explorer should be there too.
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February 3, 2013 12:46 pm
 edd_lg edd_lg
1.Porsche Boxster / Cayman 2.Porsche Boxster / Cayman 3.smart Electric Drive 4.none, they are all ugly.
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February 3, 2013 4:21 am
 Husky Husky
BRZ, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Tesla Model S, Jaguar F-Type.
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February 2, 2013 11:41 am
 GTurbo GTurbo
The 4th Gen Range Rover deserves WCOTY 2013 Title. PCOTY to the GT86 & BRZ duo, GCOTY to Model S and finally WCDOTY should go to either the RR or A-class.
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February 1, 2013 8:40 pm
 YoussefJaber YoussefJaber
range rover, f12, tesla model s, vanquish
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February 1, 2013 5:43 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Given the choice, the 86/BRZ twins would have bagged the first two awards, Tesla Model S the green award and the F-Type for world car design.
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February 1, 2013 4:45 pm
 NenadMitrovic NenadMitrovic
Car design of the year VW GOLF? I like that joke.
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February 1, 2013 4:33 pm
 Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
FRS has to win the 1st and 2nd categories, is a revolutionary product that made other manufacturers considering building a similar car... What I don't understand is how the new "very dull" golf in a contender for car design of the year...
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February 1, 2013 4:32 pm
 The Petrolhead The Petrolhead
If I was the judge of that: World Car of The Year: Toyota GT86 World Performance Car Of The Year: BMW M135i World Green Car of The Year: Tesla Model S World Car Design Of The Year: Jaguar F-Type
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February 1, 2013 3:30 pm
 SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
A-Class, BRZ/FRS, Tesla Model S, Vanquish
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February 1, 2013 3:22 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
My predictions: GT-86 for title, either Boxster or F12 for performance, Tesla Model S for green, and Vanquish for design. As much as it pains me to give Model S the nod, I sat in one at the Detroit Auto Show and it was probably the most uncomfortable back seat I have ever sat in. I am only 6ft (~1.85m) tall, which is close enough to average height, and I couldn't even fit my head in without the neck tilt or without my knees pressed agains the front seat. And yes, the seat was adjusted forward, believe me I asked. The Panamera, on the other hand, has plenty of leg/head room, given the similar body style.
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February 1, 2013 2:53 pm