New York, New York – The top ten finalists for the World Car of the Year have been announced in preparation for the awards presentation at the New York International Auto Show on March 20th.The awards are decided by a jury of 47 international automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, North and South America and other parts of the world, each with significant stature within their own regions and countries.

The finalists for World Car of the Year, in alphabetical order, are the Audi A5/S5, Audi R8, Cadillac CTS, Ford Mondeo, Ford S-Max, Mazda2/Demio, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Nissan Qashqai/Dualis, Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G37, and Volvo C30.

The finalists for World Performance Car, in alphabetical order, are the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, Audi R8, Audi S5, BMW M3, Honda Civic R, Maserati Gran Turismo, Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series, Mercedes-Benz CL 63, Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, and Renault Clio F1 Team R27.

Ten candidates for the World Green Car title become the top finalists: BMW 118d, Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid/GMC Yukon Hybrid, Lexus LS 600h L, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Saturn Aura Green Line, Saturn Vue Green Line, Smart ForTwo cdi, and Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI BlueMotion.

“Announcing the annual World Car of the Year awards at the New York show is a fitting finale to the auto show season that begins each fall with either the Paris or Frankfurt motor shows,” said Gerry Malloy, co-chair, World Car of the Year. “Next, it’s on to Tokyo in alternating years. The Detroit and Geneva shows take centre stage early in the year. Finally, in March, the season reaches its exciting climax at the New York International Auto Show.”

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