Auckland, New Zealand – The BMW 5 Series and Citroen DS3 share top honours in the Women’s World Car of the Year award for 2011. The voting was so close for the 2011 competition that the voting produced a dead heat for the top award.

Women motoring writers from around the world voted on the award, which requires that the nominated vehicles be sold in at least ten countries worldwide. The judges from Canada are Jil McIntosh of, and Regina Chan of the Chinese-Canadian publication AutoNerve. Chief judge and award founder Sandy Myhre of New Zealand said that two more judges, from Australia and China, will be added for the 2012 competition.

Winners were named in the following categories, all of which were then eligible for the overall Women’s World Car of the Year award:

Family Car – Volvo S60 (Runner-up: Kia Sportage)

Sports Car – Aston Martin Rapide (Runner-up: Audi TT)

Luxury Car – BMW 5 Series (Runner-up: Jaguar XJ)

Economical Car – Citroen DS3 (Runner-up: Mini One Diesel)

A special award, the Green Car, recognized the Audi A1, with the Honda CR-Z a close second. The Green Car winner did not qualify for the overall award because some models are not sold in the requisite ten countries.

This year’s trophies will be made in India and will be presented to the head office of the winning car companies later in the year. Certificates designed and produced in England will be presented to the winners of each individual category.

“These awards are unique worldwide and are gaining recognition,” Sandy Myhre said. “We began with eight original judges in 2009 and have now doubled that, which reflects the importance of a woman’s viewpoint to the motor industry.

“It was so very close between the top contenders and whatever way the voting is viewed, both the BMW 5 Series and the Citroen DS3 could not be separated, and for different reasons, and this of course shows the democratic nature of the voting system.”

For more information, visit Women’s World Car of the Year.

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