• Jan 27th 2009 at 10:57AM
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The 2009 World Car of the Year competition is back for its fifth run, and the jurors have determined their ten, no, 11 finalists. The WCotY is determined by the votes of over 50 journalists from countries the world over (none of which works for Autoblog). Some of the finalists include the award-hoarding Nissan GT-R and Jaguar XF, plus strong entries like the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, and Audi A4. Due to a tie for 10th place, there are 11 finalists this year. Judges will next narrow their choice to the top three vehicles by March 9, and the winner will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 9. Hit the jump to view the the WCotY finalists, along with a short press release.

[Source: World Car of the Year]

PRESS RELEASE

World Car of the Year Announces Top Ten Finalists

Celebrating its fifth annual awards program, the World Car of the Year, held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show, is pleased to announce this year's top ten finalists.

The 2009 World Car finalists are:

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

Vehicles are selected and voted on by a volunteer jury of close to 50 distinguished automotive journalists representing many of the world's most renowned automotive outlets. All jurors hold significant stature with their own regions and countries, which include: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

The jurors' next step is narrowing the top ten field to the top three, which will be announced March 9. Today's top ten announcement includes 11 vehicles because two of the vehicles are tied for a spot.

The overall 2009 World Car of the Year as well as the winners of the World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will be declared on April 9, 2009 during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show.

Visit www.wcoty.com for more information on the 2009 World Car of the Year Awards. For Auto Show updates, go to www.autoshowNY.com.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The ZR1 is just another iteration of the C6 Corvette.

      Notice they don't put up 740i or Audi A4 3.2 Quattro. They put up 7-series and Audi A4.

      They are listing entire platforms, and as such, the ZR1 does not fit in here. They would have to re-nominate the C6 Corvette, which is now 4 years old.

      If they updated the Corvette platform to C7, its a legitamate platform upgrade, but new shocks and engine in the ZR1 does not qualify the C6 for a platform award.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was just about to make the same point...they are focusing on models, not specific trim levels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One for the Mazda6/Atenza
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 for Mazda Atenza, too bad we not getting the same car in NA
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. However, Mazda2 won last year and awarding Mazda again wouldn't go down very well with the big boys. Fiesta is based on Mazda2....
      • 6 Years Ago
      zr-1 isn't a new car, it's a C6 Vette with a beast of an engine.

      The only ones that stand out to me are the 500, Fiesta and GT-R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Write in vote: ZR-1!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You might definitely probably maybe kinda have a point. Of course, you probably didn't read the press release and perhaps maybe didn't see that they in fact have a World Performance Car of the Year award, so the ZR-1 might actually for sure definitely win that. Probably.
      • 6 Years Ago
      to be honest i'm already tired of hearin about the GT-R. don't get me wrong. it's an AMAZING piece of engineering and machinery. but i feel like that and the zr-1 are all anyone has talked about for the last year, and more the GT-R than the zr-1. move on
      • 6 Years Ago
      My only problem with this list is the exclusion of the Hyundai Genesis. The presence of the BMW 7-series probably indicates that out of the "fifty-nine distinguished international automotive journalists" more than a few are Deutch.

      I mean, I have love for the kidneys, but this 7-er is not worthy of this honor. Besides, if I was a pimp and could afford it, I'd rather spend the money on a Genesis and a fleet of Honda Fits for my who.... err.... employees.

      -ez
      • 6 Years Ago
      My money is on the Nissan GTR or Fiat 500
      • 6 Years Ago
      whats the audi a4 doing up there too?
      both 3 series and c class are a lot better cars

      and 7 series?????
      s class kills it
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd nominate the G37 long before the 3-series.

        And I've driven them both, and I totally agree with the journalists. G37S is a terrific value in its class.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, good for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not very fair, Mazda does the devpt of the platform/chassis for the mazda2, Ford slaps a Fiesta badge on it and get the reward !
      • 6 Years Ago
      cinquecento
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im just thrilled to see the Jag make that list!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am as well. I love the XF. If they brought over the same diesel that Jezza drove wrecklessly and got nearly 1000 miles out of a tank, the XF would be my new car.
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