• Feb 24, 2006



May I have the envelope, please? Not quite yet.

However... the finalists are:

  • BMW 3-Series
  • Honda Civic/Civic Hybrid
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Lexus IS
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Porsche Cayman S
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Volkswagen Passat

The finalists were selected by a jury of 46 international automotive journalists in a secret ballot. To pick the winner, the jury will rate each finalist in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. The winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April. (Last year's winner was the Audi A6.)

Three specialty awards will also be handed out by the WCOTY program: World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year. (Finalists in these categories are selected separately from the WCOTY finalists.) Check out the WCOTY website for details.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda Civic is going to come away with at least one award, no doubt.

      Mazda MX-5..... dream on!

      LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      My first reaction was "Well, of course there are no GM/Ford products on that list. Crap like the Cobalt isn't going to win you any awards."

      But come to think of it, the Fusion and Cadillac DTS should probably be among the finalists. The Fusion is the first decent sedan built by GM/Ford since the heyday of the Taurus, and the DTS really sets the bar for its category (which, admittedly, is "boat-sized cars for old people"). I ended up driving one for a couple weeks recently - long story - and it's actually pretty impressive. Far, far more of a car than the last DeVille I rode in (a mid-90s version), which was sort of like piloting the Goodyear blimp while on a bad ether trip.

      Neither of them would "win" this little contest, but in fairness they are contenders. Certainly as deserving as the Passat, which is badly overpriced and a big disappointment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lithous-some of us don't give sh*t about you nor your attempts to be funny. Keep crying tears for the rednecks who aren't in this list.


      On topic...it will be close between the Mx-5 and the Civic. If the Porsche wins I will drop my jaw.





      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Ridgeline is a truck, not a car. Of course, so is the Land Rover, so maybe I'm wrong.

      There are plenty of smart rich people (Bill Gates), smart poor people (college profs), dumb rich people (50 cent), and dumb poor people (me).

      Bill Gates drives a Corvette:
      http://www.anvari.org/fun/Computer/Bill_Gates_Car.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it amusing that Lithous thinks that the richest people are also the most intelligent (actually I think he said they were the "best"). Now *that* is a backwards idea! The smartest people I know use their brains to better society (i.e. college professors and engineers) rather than make themselves rich and famous.

      No hard feelings, but grow up man.

      • 8 Years Ago
      keeping my fingers crossed that it's the mx-5
      • 8 Years Ago
      Considering that the A6 won last year... I think its safe to assume that the:
      Land Rover Range Rover Sport
      Lexus IS
      Mazda MX-5
      Mercedes-Benz M-Class
      Suzuki Swift
      Volkswagen Passat

      cannot win. making it between the:
      # BMW 3-Series
      # Honda Civic/Civic Hybrid
      # Mercedes-Benz S-Class
      # Porsche Cayman S
      • 8 Years Ago
      Watch the Civic win ANOTHER award...for no reason other than it's called the "Civic."

      I'd rather see either the Cayman S take the trophy. Either that or the MX-5. Both are more deserving than the uselessly oogly Civic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't underestimate the Passat. While I don't think it will win, it has garnered some very good reviews from Consumer Reports, Edmunds, and Motor Trend. It has safety and overall merit covered. Value is an issue in the US because of the weak dollar, which boosts the price of the German-made Passat (and the other German-made cars).

      The Civic has won a lot of awards, so if it wins this it wouldn't surprise me. It does well in terms of safety, significance, environmental responsibility, and value.

      The Lexus IS also is a nice car that is finally competitive in the sporty-luxury category, which boosts its significance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eric L., FM, Jaimie B ... are you on crack? you're ranting about people ranting "anti foreign", AND NO ONE HAS SAID ANYTHING! you make this blog a joke. cars, it's about cars! for sanity sake stop yourselves ... you make a bad name for foreign cars just by being so nasty and defensive. hint: just say positive things about stuff you like or as a famous writer said, "you protest too much." you have killed your argument by sounding insane.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what the hell happened to the Audi A4?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where's the Ridgeline? Shouldn't it be on this list?
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