23-JAN-2009: Top Ten Finalists Announced


Top Ten World Car and World Performance Car Finalists Announced


January 23, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2009 World Car awards winners' press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 9, 2009.


A jury of fifty-nine distinguished international automotive journalists selected the finalists 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, North America, South America, 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 web site:  www.wcoty.com and choose "Juror Details".


The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors' ballots and announced the top ten finalists in both categories on January 23rd.    


The 2009 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following cars listed in alphabetical order.  Eleven cars are listed as there is a tie. 


- Audi A4 / Avant

- BMW 7 Series

- Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer

- Fiat 500

- Ford Fiesta

- Honda Fit / Jazz

- Jaguar XF

- Mazda Atenza / Mazda6

- Nissan GT-R

- Toyota iQ

- Volkswagen Golf VI


The 2009 World Performance Car, presented by Mobil 1, will be chosen from one of these top ten finalists:


- Audi RS 6 Avant

- BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet

- Corvette ZR1

- Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo

- Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

- Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

- Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR

- Nissan GT-R

- Porsche 911 Carrera

- Subaru Impreza WRX STI


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; then announce the top three finalists on March 9, 2009.


Finalists in the World Car Design of the Year category are handled quite differently.  A panel of four highly respected world design experts assists the jurors by developing for them a short list of recommendations taken from the array of entries in the 2009 World Car of the Year category.   The design experts are (in alpha order):  Silvia Baruffaldi: Managing Editor, Auto & Design magazine; Robert Cumberford:  design critic, Automobile and Auto & Design magazines; Akira Fujimoto:  Editor-in-Chief, Car Styling magazine and Tom Matano: Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA.   The fifty-nine jurors then choose the 2009 World Car Design of the Year winner from this short list when they vote in February.  The top three contenders will also be announced by KPMG on March 9, 2009.


The same system applies to the World Green Car* award.  A panel of three experts, each representing a continent, reviews all entries in this category; then creates a short-list for the jurors' vote in February.  The World Green Car panel consists of Sam Abuelsamid representing North America (GreenFuelsForecast.com, DieselForecast.com and HydrogenForecast.com); Tadashi Tateuchi representing Asia (creator and chairman of the Japan Electric Vehicle (EV) Club); and Dean Slavnich representing Europe (Engine Technology International (ETi), Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International (E&H)).


Now in their sixth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the most prestigious and credible programs of their type in the world.


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 a global 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 preeminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.  There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.


For more information, please visit our web site at www.wcoty.com or send us an email:  beth@wcoty.com.  If you prefer to talk to us, please call our Executive Manager, Beth Rhind, at 1.705.924.3444.



About New York International Auto Show

Kicking off the springtime selling season, the 2009 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.

Important Auto Show Dates

Press Preview                                      April 8 and 9

Public Sneak Preview                            April 10

Public Show Dates                                April 10 - 19


The New York International Automobile Show is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. www.autoshowNY.com



*The World Green Car award was established in 2004 and is part of the overall World Car of the Year Awards program that is international in scope.   It should not be confused with the Green Car of the Year® award handed out in the United States by Green Car Journal.






Mazda2 / Mazda Demio – World Car of the Year

Audi R8 – World Performance Car

BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics – World Green Car

Audi R8 – World Car Design of the Year



Lexus LS460 – World Car of the Year

Audi RS4 – World Performance Car

Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec – World Green Car

Audi TT – World Car Design of the Year



BMW 3-Series – World Car of the Year

Porsche Cayman S – World Performance Car

Honda Civic Hybrid – World Green Car

Citroen C4 – World Car Design of the Year



Audi A6  - World Car of the Year