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Top Three Finalists Announced In Four Categories

2007 World Car of the Year Awards
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March 8, 2007 - For Immediate Release

The countdown continues !

From an initial entry list of twenty-eight (28) new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten finalists, the top three contenders for the third annual World Car of the Year awards were announced today by the international accounting firm KPMG.

The 2007 World Car of the Year top three finalists are, in alphabetical order:
· Audi TT
· Lexus LS460
· MINI
 
To be eligible for a World Car award, the contender had to be in production, and sold, in at least five countries on two continents during 2006.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 44 top-level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world. Collectively, their opinions reach many millions of potential vehicle purchasers. Each juror has been appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.

The 2007 World Car of the Year will be declared on Thursday, April 5, 2007 during a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show.

“Announcing the annual World Car of the Year awards at the New York show in April is a fitting finale to the international auto show season that begins each fall with either the Paris or Frankfurt motor shows,” said Gerry Malloy, co-chair, WCOTY.

Three additional winners for World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year will also be announced during the same press conference on April 5, 2007 in New York.

The Top Three finalists for the 2007 World Performance Car title are, in alphabetical order:
· Audi RS4
· BMW 335i
· Porsche 911 Turbo

To be eligible for the 2007 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to be all-new or substantially revised, in production, and for sale, in at least one major market during 2006. Either the vehicle or the green technology could be experimental or a prototype with near-future application (i.e. will go on the market soon) provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2006.

The 44 member jury chose the following top three finalists for the 2007 World Green Car award:
· BMW Hydrogen 7
· Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec
· Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

Cars eligible for the 2007 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates.

A design panel consisting of four highly respected design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jury. The design experts were:
· Silvia Baruffaldi: Managing Editor, Auto & Design magazine
· Peter Brock: designer, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
· Robert Cumberford: design critic, Automobile and Auto & Design magazines
· Akira Fujimot Editor-in-Chief, Car Styling magazine

Jurors then voted on the panel’s recommendations. The top three design finalists are, in alphabetical order:
· Audi TT
· Citroen C4 Picasso
· Fiat Grande Punto

Today’s world is truly a global village – especially within the automotive industry. National borders are effectively non-existent in terms of where vehicles and their components are designed, engineered, developed, built, and sold. The World Car of the Year Awards reflect the truly global nature of the 21 st-century automotive business and, at the same time, recognizes and rewards automotive excellence on a global scale.

The World Car of the Year Awards program is initiated by, organized by, and conducted by, automotive journalists from around the globe. A non-profit association guided by a steering committee of journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America administers the awards program.

For more information about the WCOTY, please visit our web site at www.wcoty.com or e-mail or call Beth Xenarios, Executive Manager, at beth@wcoty.com, 1-905-342-2220. 

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About the New York International Auto Show
Kicking off the springtime selling season, the 2007 New York International Auto Show will feature an impressive collection of cutting-edge design and remarkable innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and futuristic concept cars. More than 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at the Javits Center, filling 846,000 square feet of exhibit space. In addition, dozens of World and North American vehicle debuts are expected at the Show. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

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Important Auto Show Dates
 
Press Preview April 4 & 5
Public Sneak Preview April 6
Public Show Dates April 6 – 15
 
The New York International Automobile Show is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. www.autoshowNY.com.

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