• Feb 10th 2011 at 4:31PM
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It's that time of the year again, kiddies, to name the best car in the world. The selections for the World Car Awards awarded granted by an international panel of 66 automotive journalists, who have now announced their ten finalists.
Included on the shortlist are the Audi A1 and A8, the BMW 5 Series and X3, Jaguar XJ, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Nissan Leaf, Porsche Cayenne and Volvo S60/V70. The selections were made based on the jurists' experience with each car through the course of their professional work, and each will be tasked with reevaluating the ten finalists before casting their final ballots to be tabulated by KPMG.

Intriguingly, although the Leaf EV was short-listed, the Chevrolet Volt didn't make the cut. For an idea of the jurists' tastes, consider the winners from years past: the Volkswagen Polo (2010), Volkswagen Golf in (2009), Mazda2 (2008), Lexus LS460 (2007), BMW 3-Series (2006), and the Audi A6 in 2005, the first time the prize was awarded.

The shortlist will be whittled down to three finalists to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show next month, followed by the awards to be given out at the New York Auto Show in April. Follow the jump for the official announcement, and check out our image gallery of the ten finalists below.

Audi A1
  • Audi A1
  • Audi A8
  • Farbe: Impalabeige

  • BMW 5 Series
  • BMW X3
  • The new BMW X3 (07/2010)

  • Jaguar XJ
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Volvo S60

[Source: World Car Awards]
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Top Ten World Car Finalists Announced

World Car announces 'Top 10' Finalists for 2011.

The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2011 World Car Awards winners' press conference co-hosted by the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 21.

A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, as well as other parts of the world. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries.

The international accounting firm KPMG then tabulated the jurors' ballots and announced the top ten finalists in both categories today.

The 2011 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following top ten cars listed in alphabetical order:

* Audi A1
* Audi A8
* BMW 5 Series
* BMW X3
* Jaguar XJ
* Jeep Grand Cherokee
* Mercedes-Benz SLS
* Nissan LEAF
* Porsche Cayenne
* Volvo S60 / V60

The jurors' next step is to re-evaluate the "top ten" cars in both classes, in preparation for a final round of voting later this month. They will specifically rate each vehicle in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. KPMG will again tabulate the vote results. The top three finalists in both categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 1st during a press conference co-hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show.

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.

Now in its eighth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany) and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

For more information about the Auto Show, go to www.autoshowNY.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Jeep the only American car of the bunch!
        • 4 Years Ago
        x3s are assembled in america by americans...
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah , +1 go jeep. deserves it more than the others. A very important car for Chrysler and for America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        80% American / 20% Fiat-ian
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fact that the Volt is not on the list and the Leaf is tells me they are bias against American cars. The panel chose one American car so they could look legitimate. That award is not worth the paper it's written on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh for God's sake, quit with the "they didn't pick American, whine, whine whine" bollocks.

        Since when is the Volt a GLOBAL product? Each of the other contenders are sold pretty much globally, while some miss out on perhaps one or two key markets. The Volt isn't sold globally. Sure, it has iterations that will at some point be sold in some European countries and in Australia, but that's far from being a product sold globally. And the truth of the matter is - and time for you to wake up here - is that Chrysler Group is the ONLY American manufacturer to offer many of its products on a worldwide scale.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Volt is being sold in many foreign markets as an Opel/Vauxhall/Holden, so I don't think that's the problem here.

        But while the Volt is being heralded as a triumph for GM by the US automotive press, we have to remember that it was developed specifically for American tastes and American concerns about electric and hybrid technology, AND comes with a huge federal tax credit in the US that it doesn't have everywhere else. It's entirely possible that the value proposition for the Volt fell on deaf ears in front of an audience of global journalists. Not everyone thinks like Americans.

        Let's not forget that the North American Car of the Year has an extremely huge bias towards American cars -- no one on this blog seems to complain about that. I am an American and want to see American cars succeed just like everyone else, but I think your comment is ridiculous, Dan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ James , "The Volt is being sold in many foreign markets as an Opel/Vauxhall/Holden, " , sorry , but it isn't.

        the Opel version , if they decide to build it , will be a normal hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake if that's not true, but I did read that this was indeed GM's plan.
        There are acutally very stringent rules for qualifying for World Car of the Year that Autoblog has posted before...

        I can't remember them off the top of my head, but perhaps it is the case that the Volt just isn't yet sold in enough markets.

        But I also think it's possible that the vehicle just doesn't have as much appeal beyond our shores. Who knows?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the Year of the Europeans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suspect the Nissan Leaf may win as green is the current thing. Either that or one of the Germans - they usually manage to swing it somehow don't they, nudge nudge, wink wink,
      But for me, I would love to see the new Jaguar XJ win the world car of the year award. Why? After 40 years of versions of Sir William Lyons' original, classic XJ, Jaguar have bravely embraced the future and are starting to push boundaries again. The XJ is the best-driving car in its class, is relatively frugal in terms of emissions and mpg for its size, looks superb and has an absolutely beautiful interior. An absolute dream of a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Leaf, the only Asian car of the bunch!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Grand Cherokee certainly belongs ont he list, and I think it has a chance of winning.

      But there is some strong competition on that list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am surprised to see Jeep there! Well done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Intriguingly, although the Leaf EV was short-listed, the Chevrolet Volt didn't make the cut"

      LMAO! As if the Volt deserved to even be considered:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd put money it's probably going to go to one of the Audi's (probably the A1?) or the LEAF.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The SLS sweet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      5series FTW. Although I have a feeling the leaf will take it just cus it's a tree hugger
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