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As part of the 22nd Annual International Automobile Festival, a team of judges has chosen its Most Beautiful Automobiles of the World for 2007, and no, the U.S. did not come home with a trunk of gold medals in this competition. We Americans will just have to be content with our two silvers.

On the other hand, many of the pageant-winning cars can actually be found on these shores.

List of winners after the jump.

Correction: Looks like I got my international "Most Beautiful Automobiles of the World" contests mixed up. The cars listed on the jump were chosen at the 14th Annual "L'Automobile più Bella del Mondo" competition, Oct. 27th in Milan, Italy. The Annual International Automobile Festival is in France in January when their choice for most beautiful is announced. So it looks like I need someone to translate French and Italian for me cause Google ain't gettin' it. I'm chalking the Scania truck mixup to translation as well. Mulligan?

[Source: Virtual Car via Carbody Design]

City cars and compact cars
Mini Cooper
Second Place: Daihatsu Trevis

Mid-size hatchback
Volvo C30
Second Place: Nissan Note

Mid-size sedans
Volvo S80
Second Place: Chevrolet Epica

Bentley Continental GTC
Second Place: Bentley Azure

Mercedes CL
Second Place (Tie)
BMW 3 Series Coupe
Jaguar XKR Coupe
Maserati GranSport MC Victory

Volkswagen Eos
Second Place: Jaguar XKR convertible

Alfa Romeo Spider
Second Place: None

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Second Place: Porsche Cayman

Station wagon
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
Second Place: Skoda Roomster

Citroën C4 Picasso
Second Place: Ford Galaxy

Audi Q7
Second Place: Mercedes GL

Special series
Studiotorino RK Coupé

Concept car
Renault Twingo Concept

And so you can argue the merits of the competition's judges, here they are:

Kenneth Noland, American artist
Heinz Mack, German artist
Vittorio Matino, Italian artist
Mario Bellini, Italian architect
Massimo Vignelli, Italian architect
Fiorucci Helium, fashion designer
Carl Rivetti, fashion designer
Tawny Sacco, car designer
Lorenzo Ramaciotti, car designer
Enrico Leonardo Fagone, car designer
Alexander Giudice. car designer
Antoine Prunet, author

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. Coupe-cabriolet
      Volkswagen Eos
      Second Place: Jaguar XKR convertible

      Yeah I can't say I agree with that choice. The VW Eos is not that nice (or at all imo).
      I do love that Volvo C30 for some reason though, and I'm not a hatch fan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What do you all think of the new (huge) minis?

      The Mini is only just in profit when production is at full tilt, so a shared production line and common components might work? Most people don't know or care what goes on under their cars anyway. People are Maniacs. But speaking of GM.. This what I thought a colorado was supposed to look like (pics) http://www.maniacraffle.com Fiat is in bed with GM (OK, divorced, but they still have visiting rights on the children), Suzuki (GM) and now Ford. The new Ford Ka will share its DNA with the new Fiat 500 (LUST) and no-one will care. They'll come down the same line in Poland - foster care I suppose you'd call it. Keeps costs down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volkswagen Eos
      Second Place: Jaguar XKR convertible

      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful cars and a great pool to pick from, we're in a sweet design cycle in 2007. Love the Alfa entries, a little surprised at the S80, and would swap the Eos for the Pontiac G6 cabriolet, but overall, lots of thoughtful styling here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In some way I am not that surprised that the Europeans swept the board. The French have a reputation for quirky and stylish designs here in the UK. The Volvo's did well to get away from their boxy but safe image.

      Well even though there are no American cars in the winners list, at least the Americans can hold out hope that there are no Japanese cars in the list. Yet.

      Personally I am surprised that the Aston Martin DB9 did not win a category.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Tt's Spyder in Europe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      After seeing this fuc*ed up list im quite surprised they left off the compass and the sebring !!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anozher error? Scania didn't win as an engine, but as a big truck
      • 8 Years Ago
      what about the malibu maxx????
      • 8 Years Ago
      The winners are all European. The only runner ups are European models as well (we don't get that Chevy). Not a single Japanese car wow. Seems a little biased.
      • 8 Years Ago
      understand where the festival was at. france. these are the people that think hairy armpits and no deodorant is cool.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Winners? The EOS and Volvo S80 both look ugly.
      Runner ups? Nissan Note, Daihatsu Trevis, and Chevy Epica should not have been mentioned at all.

      Incredibly biased results. "World's Most Beautiful Autos" or is it "Some European Cars"? And the TWINGO CONCEPT? What ever happened to the NISSAN SPORT CONCEPT? The Twingo comes nowhere even close to the Nissan Sport.
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