• Feb 4, 2010
We couldn't blame you for thinking that all of the 'Of the Year" awards were finished for the 2010, but there's still at least a few key bits of shiny hardware that have yet to be handed out – the World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year. And while we're not yet sure who will take home the big prizes, we do have a short(er)list of nominees for both accolades.
The field has been whittled down by 59 jurors to 10 possible winners in each category, and the top three finalists will be announced next month at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of the actual award ceremony at April's New York Auto Show. The nominees are...

2010 World Car of the Year
Given the company it's in, we're not altogether sure why the Panamera isn't in the World Performance Car running instead, but we digress. Speaking of which...

2010 World Performance Car of the Year
Lest we forget, there's also the 2010 World Green Car of the Year award to be handed out, and you can check out that verdant bunch of shortlisters over at Autobloggreen.

For 2009, the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan GT-R brought home the bacon in their respective categories. Which cars would make the best picks for both awards? Have your say in Comments.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad to say the Prius will probably not win. So maybe the Mazda3 or Volkswagen Polo, or maybe even the Panamera.

      As far as performance: Porsche 911 GT3, Audi R8 V10, or Ferrari California. I think the GT3 has an edge. I'm really wondering where the ZR1, and GT-R are. Not that I'm a fan but they should at least be on the list. Probably not sold in enough countries. Stupid rules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why Vantage is there ?
      This car is so slow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going for the Opel Insignia and the Lotus Evora.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        my thoughts exactly. i would take the rumored Regal GS with 6 speed manual and turbo 4 and be perfectly happy with just one car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      X1 - because it is super well built, has versitility, good economy and performance.
      Evora - because its chassis is bad - assed
      • 4 Years Ago
      whats toyota doing in the list? =)
        • 4 Years Ago
        They couldn't stop themselves ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Prius is there, but they are now recalling it too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston Martin for the performance category - classic and beautiful.

      Porsche Panamera easily tops the non-performance class, of course it really does belong in the other category.

      Opel/Vauhall Insignia / Buick Regal if sticker price actually matters.

        • 4 Years Ago
        sometimes a car is so good , they ignore the price, it happened when the Porsche 928 won the car of the year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't we remove the Prius now that it's brakes are crap?

      I'm voting E Class and Ferrari California
        • 4 Years Ago
        unstoppable lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on, the Prius is an unstoppable force.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Prius was in an unstopable quest to accelerate to the top of the list. Just a shame that damn tree uprooted itself in front of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My vote goes to the 370Z because it's a sexy and beautiful car in just about every aspect you could think of. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like I said, you have no taste in cars. And do you seriously think a first gen G is better looking than the 370Z? Are you high man?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I do like the newest Z but I think that the 1st generation G is good looking as well. The newest 370Z is much better looking though imo. I just think that they could have shaved a little more pounds, it's still heavy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want some of what you're smoking!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not smoking anything, but what are you smoking? It's a great car and if you can't see that then you have no taste.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MasterD, the 370Z looks good for young people who like things like Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers. you can't argue about taste when you speak about things like that because young people don't really have taste, taste is something that comes with experience and education . that said , for a grown up, educated person the 370Z looks tacky,
      • 4 Years Ago
      E-class

      370Z (only cause it's so cheap & can hang w/2x+ more $$ cars) otherwise 911 GT3
      • 4 Years Ago
      Regal/Insignia for my humble vote
      Jaguar XFR for performance
      • 4 Years Ago
      Polo or Q5
      Vantage or R8 V10 or XFR

      I can't decide!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Prius or Panamera is going to win. If not then either the Insignia/Regal or E-class.

      The Prius (all the hate going around now notwithstanding) is still the leader in next generation technology and has made green mainstream.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree that the Prius is an important vehicle, and I'm laughing at how much you got rated down with your suggestion. Autoblog posters incessantly complain about Toyota fanboys, but I truly believe there are far more unjust haters lurking around here.

        Toyota's quality problems withstanding or not, I don't see the Prius winning this award, because it's such a large car it has really minimal appeal outside of the US. It's not really the game changer you're suggesting in most global markets. I really see the award going to the Insignia or Polo for being really amazing all-around satisfying vehicles that don't try to rewrite the recipe of how to make a car. They don't reinvent anything; they just do a great job at being great cars, and sell nearly everywhere en masse. That deserves World Car designation.
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