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The second annual World Car of the Year award will go to one of three finalists, announced this week -- the BMW 3-series, the Mazda MX-5 and the Porsche Cayman S. Twenty seven new vehicles from around the world were in the running, and after narrowing those down to just three, KPMG, which oversees the counting of the ballots, will draw the winner at the New York Auto Show next week.

The World Green Car and the World Car Design of the Year wll also be announced, with the Citroën C1 1.4 Hdi (diesel), Honda Civic Hybrid and Lexus RX440h/Toyota Harrier Hybrid making the Green Car list and the 3-series, Citroën C4, and Europe's Honda Civic/Civic Hybrid up for design awards. The World Performance Car will go to the Audi RS4, the BMW M5 or the Porsche Cayman S.

The Audi A6 won in 2005, the award's inaugural year.

[Source: New York International Auto Show via Yahoo!]

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      Steve H
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well Kathy don't feel bad. Most AMERICANS are clueless about the number of jobs going overseas. Iraq is a major point. American companies are getting the contracts to rebuild the infrastructure and using third world nationals to do the labor. They get paid pennies on the dollar while we as American citizens ride the bad press. Our car manufacturers are doing the same thing. So go figure.
      • 9 Years Ago
      how does a mazda fit in the running with a bmw and a porshe
      tony b
      • 9 Years Ago
      Remember Pearl Harbor?? Buy American for America!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      What I think of cars is that manufactures need to come out with a nice sport looking new car for under 10K

      The car manufactures could not keep them in stock

      Even is they made less profit by making one, the volume sold would would far exceed expectations.

      • 9 Years Ago
      >Hydrogen is the fuel of the future
      This used to be my dream - until I began experimenting with it.
      It takes more energy to isolate than it's worth! It's an energy medium. Let's hope it never takes root. Until then, we can make gasoline and diesel and their engines better. I could make a truck get around 40 mpg city with adequate power and towing torque; it's possible. Oh, and I'm not 100% sure but I don't think lithium ion batteries use acid, but still I'm not sure.
      >Buy American for America!!
      That's almost impossible anymore - all the outsourcing. Buy a Pontiac Vibe...nope that's practically a Toyota! Buy that appealing foreign car...most of it'll get back to America somehow.
      Chuck Fitch
      • 9 Years Ago
      I need to know what it will cost to make these fuels that will be used in these new cars and what are the polution out put in the making of these fuels. Iseams to me we are not going to gain a thing except in crease the cost of the vehical which is not going to do the job these manufactures are claiming. From what I gather after all this exspence, That these new cars are only going to gain about two to three miles to the gallon. Why don't they put their test bench carburetors on these car that can increase milage as much as 20 to 30 miles to the gallon. I bought a car once years ago that the test bench carb. was left on the car by accident and my mileage was in creased from 14 miles to the gallon to 52miles to the gallon. I was also informed that if I did not bring the car in for carb exchange that a contract would be put out on me. Now tell me more about this gas milage savings.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I vote for the 3-Series!
      j lEVIN
      • 9 Years Ago
      Keith Vardaman
      • 9 Years Ago
      The best car made for the money economy like gas milage ride handling to me is the Chevy. Impala it will last as long as any car made any where and in the end cost less to maintain.
      Charlie Cox
      • 9 Years Ago
      Americans have a short memory. I see "Thank a vet" stickers on toyota pick up trucks
      • 9 Years Ago
      HELLO--The contest is for the best NEW MODEL -- appliances like the Impala (a good Camry knockoff) and cheaper versions like the Koreans do not count.
      mike rickert
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why aren't there any hydrogen fuel cell cars on the road? (oil companies must be preventing technology somehow) In 2000 there were many buses world wide running on hydrogen and they're still operating today, so why aren't there any cars in the US, today. This isn't rocket science. It can't take technology more than five years to move this technology from a bus to a car! The oil companies and the money hungry politicians must be to blame.
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