The top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced today at Geneva Motor Show.
The winners will be declared at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 21, 2011.
From an initial entry list of thirty-nine (39) new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten finalists, the top three contenders for the overall 2011 World Car of the Year title are, in alphabetical order: the Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan LEAF.
The top three finalists for the 2011 World Performance Car award are, in alphabetical order: the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The sixty-six (66) member jury chose the following top three finalists for the 2011 World Green Car* award: theBMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF.
Now in their seventh 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 recognize 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.