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The votes from 59 international journalists have been counted and the finalists for World Car of the Year have been named. The Detroit News is reporting that the Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Polo and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have made the final cut, and the three vehicles will go toe-to-toe on April 1st (no foolin') at the start of the New York Auto Show, which is where the World COTY award is announced.
On the performance vehicle front, the Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 GT3 and Ferrari California are jockeying for the big prize. We feel sorry for the judges who have to choose from among these three junkers, but we're sure they'll somehow make it fun for themselves.

Design finalists are the Citroen C3 Picasso, Kia Soul and Chevrolet Camaro, and from the green category we have the previously mentioned Prius, the Honda Insight and Volkswagen's BlueMotion diesel offerings. Check back on these pages to see the winners of the individual categories when they are announced in New York on April Fool's Day.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Woo hoo...a Toyota makes the cut. Big T should really milk the Prius "brand" - to get out of its recall slump...
      • 5 Years Ago
      DAMN!

      My VW Routan didn't win....
      • 5 Years Ago
      In before lame Camaro and Toyota jokes...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you hear the one about the Toyota that would stop?
        Me neither.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota Priapus, it just won't stop!
      • 5 Years Ago
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      http://www.carrentals.co.uk/blog/geneva-motor-show.html

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Polo isn't a world car. I don't get it
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Camaro should win the design award.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the Design choice is between two shoebox renderings and an bulbous fart, oy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Camaro should definitely be declared the winner. In keeping with April Fool's Day, of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right. Camaro should be declared the winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why does the Toyota Prius always make some sort of top list?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah people's top list of cars NOT TO BUY; I mean Golf Cart NOT TO BUY! :)

        Buy German and live life...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari California is a finalist? Seriously?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's wrong with that? Performance figures for it are hugely impressive
        • 5 Years Ago
        sorry aren't ( without not). Dang, I couldn't edit my post.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Design finalists are a bigger crime.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Andre@ you're right. Performance cars don't always have to be exotics. There are performance cars such are 370z, STi, Evo, IS-F, M3, C63 AMG, etc.,... Those aren't not in exotic category.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And why are the finalists always exotics? Must someone spend $100K+ for a car with great performance?

        I have owned two Mitsubishi Evolutions. I currently have a '10 X GSR. And although it isn't an exotic, it can hold it's own when it comes to performance numbers. Stock for stock, it can hang with most of those on a road course, and all for under $40K.

        How come you never see cars like that in the performance category? Never any Evos, never and STis, only super-expensive sports cars.
        After all, it is a "Performance car" category, and not a "Luxury-performance.
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