With the Chicago and Geneva auto shows not even out of the way yet, the automotive world's sights are set on the New York Auto Show for the naming of the 2013 World Car Awards, and the top 10 finalists for World Car of the Year and World Performance Car were recently announced and will be voted on by 66 journalists from around the world (including our own European Editor, Matt Davis).
Vying for the top award are the Audi A3, 2013 Range Rover, 2014 Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, the trio of Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86, Volkswagen Golf and the Volvo V40. Since its inception, past winners of this award include Volkswagen Up! (2012), Nissan LEAF (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), Volkswagen Golf (2009), Mazda2/Mazda Demio (2008), Lexus LS 460 (2007), BMW 3 Series (2006) and the Audi A6 in the award's inaugural year.

The competition is no less fierce for the performance car of the year with the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M 135i, Ferrari F12Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and SLS AMG, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Renault Clio Sport and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86. This award was first handed out in 2006 with previous recipients including Porsche 911 (2012), Ferrari 458 Italia (2011), Audi R8 V10 (2010), Nissan GT-R (2009), Audi R8 (2008), Audi RS4 (2007) and the Porsche Cayman S (2006).

The top three finalists for each award will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, and the winners will be revealed on March 28.
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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! TOP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED


January 31, 2013 - For Immediate Release

The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners' press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.

The top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.

A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists in both categories 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 and the U.K., North America, Russia, as well as other parts of the world. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries. For more details about our jurors, and their outlets, please visit our web site: www.wcoty.com and choose 2013 Awards > Juror List.

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

The 2013 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following top ten cars listed in alphabetical order:

• Audi A3

• Land Rover Range Rover

• Mazda6

• Mazda CX5

• Mercedes-Benz A-Class

• Peugeot 208

• Porsche Boxster / Cayman

• Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

• Volkswagen Golf

• Volvo V40

The 2013 World Performance Car will be chosen from one of these top ten finalists:

• Aston Martin Vanquish

• Audi RS 5

• BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible

• BMW M 135i

• Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

• Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

• Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

• Porsche Boxster / Cayman

• Renault Clio Sport

• Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

The jurors' next step is to re-evaluate the top ten cars in both classes, in preparation for a final round of voting in February. 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 5th 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 Up! in 2012, the Nissan LEAF in 2011, 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.

Previous World Performance Car winners were the Porsche 911 in 2012, the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2011, the Audi R8 V10 in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.

The 2013 World Green Car category is handled differently. Five experts in "green" technology were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate on the list of nominees. The experts then create a short-list of finalists for review by the sixty-six jurors in their second round of voting in February. The finalists for 2013 are:

Renault Zoe

smart Electric Drive

Tesla Model S

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

The five experts on the advisory panel are in alphabetical order: Phil Berg (USA - PopularMechanics.com); Richard Bremner (U.K. - cleangreencars.co.uk), Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany - automobil-industrie.de); Tadashi Tateuchi (Japan- founder and chairman of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club) and John Voelcker (USA - GreenCarReports.com)

Cars eligible for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates or they may be included as a stand-alone entry provided the vehicle is introduced and available for sale in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May 30th, 2013.

Again, a design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors. The design experts are:

Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist); Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy – Auto & Design magazine);

Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School); Sam Livingstone (U.K. - Car Design Research and Royal College of Art) and Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)

The finalists they've chose for the jurors are:

Aston Martin Vanquish

Renault Clio

Jaguar F-Type

Land Rover Range Rover

Mazda 6

Volkswagen Golf

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy is the World Car Awards' research partner. The company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global automotive media coverage.

Now in their ninth 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), Mike Rutherford (U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), 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 additional information either visit our web site (www.wcoty.com) or please contact Beth Rhind, Executive Manager, E: beth@wcoty.com, T: 1.705.924.3444.

About PRIME RESEARCH

PRIME Research International, a global leader in strategic communication research and consultancy, has joined forces with the World Car Awards to provide strategic studies in the fields of automotive assessment criteria and automotive awards. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and SWOT analyses on over 100 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard in automotive media research.

About BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)

Showcasing the latest automotive trends, the 2013 New York International Auto Show will unveil an extensive collection of the most technologically advanced vehicles on display anywhere in the world. More than four floors of displays, including the new Javits Center North exhibition hall, will house nearly 1,000 stunning new 2013/2014 vehicles as well as sensational futuristic concept cars. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

Important Show Information: Press Days: March 27 & 28, Public Show Dates: March 29th – April 7th

Show Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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      kuntknife
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lulz at the comments against the 86 twins/trios. A RWD car with a COG lower than the Ferrari 458, the handling of a rabbid chihuahua, and the ability to break loose safely and predictably at low speeds for under $30K is a winner in my books. And the fact that I can pack a sh!t ton of stuff in the back of my BRZ with the backseats folded down is a bonus. Yes, there's nothing radically different about it, but it's the lack of useless features and the purity of the car that make it special. Pracitcally all reputable reviewers love the damn car, and even if you don't like these ones specifically, it sure is shaking up other companies to build fun affordable RWD cars (nissan's 240sx revival and chevy's 130r, to name a few). What else offers better value for a car enthusiast? Keep in mind, drag racing and raw speed gets old quickly (for me), and *sometimes* turns are involved to get from point A to point B. For those who have test driven and found nothing special about it, you either have deeper pockets than me or are as attached to your car as I am about mine :). I'm not trying to convince anyone it's *the* best car in the world, but seeing these cars make it to production and the positive feedback it's received makes me super excited that a simple, pure sports car can be a profitable endevour for manufacturers, and thus we'll hopefully get more to choose from.
        Dwight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kuntknife
        I think the Focus ST is a better value. Better MPG, faster 0-60, faster around willow springs, as tested by motortrend, plus room for 4 adults and cargo.
          Deslock
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight
          Depends on your priorities. I've driven both. Focus ST: Excellent: high-end engine output, low-end engine output, grip, seats, interior room, hatchback practicality Good: steering, brake feel, handling, chassis, suspension, MPG (falls short of its EPA ratings) Mediocre: torque steer, understeer, throttle response, eagerness to rev, clutch feel, driving position, ergonomics Bad: shifter FT86: Excellent: chassis, suspension, handling, steering, shifter, clutch feel, brake feel*, throttle response, high-end engine output, seats, driving position, ergonomics Good: eagerness to rev, fold-down seats, MPG (exceeds its EPA ratings) Mediocre: grip, low-end engine output, trunk space, rear visibility Bad: rear-seat head and leg room The ST is a fun hot-hatch for those that need the additional practicality. But as a pure drivers car, it simply isn't in the FT86's league. * = Brakes are great for street or auto autox; for heavy track use, it's advisable to upgrade
          Jackie Ashley Wolf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight
          Yeah, but as a FWD hot-hatch it has another array of rivals to go against, namely the Golf GTI with which it was compared in this website, and do we remember the ST blowing the GTI outta the water.
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      For a small company like !azda, to have TWO cars in the final is a major feat. Hats off
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to Mazda--very good showing! While I've only briefly been in / driven a 6, I can absolutely say that the CX-5 100% deserves the recognition.
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh look no new jetta or new possat?!? I wonder why??? I guess the tupperware approach doesn't win awards when it comes to cars ;)
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the most Anti American OTY Awards EVER! Not a single Domestic Car on past or Present List!
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        What did you expect? The Cadillac STS? Nobody outside North America wants American cars. The Silverado? The Escalade? These behemoth vehicles are a joke.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Oh, this is going to be fun. First, excuse my spelling. Must be because I don't care about Peugeot. In fact, nobody cares about Peugeot. As a minor player in the Chinese market and an absentee in the United States market (the two biggest auto markets in the world), it is in no way, shape or form a world car. European car of the year sounds about right, yet you criticize md stew for saying it. I took the time to look the prices up. I can afford any car on that world car list. So, we have two reasons that you're a moron. Care to give me another? Perhaps you can tell me what is sitting in your driveway that makes you so quick to trash talk.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          [blocked]
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          So is at least 50% of the trash that did make the list.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "So is at least 50% of the trash that did make the list." "Trash" in this instance meaning that they're desirable to most of the world, and you couldn't afford a single one.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "The fact remains that you're not the world's economic superpower, population leader, or military superpower." And neither are you. May I remind you that your country was moments away from technical bankruptcy in 2008.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Right, coming from a bloke who can't spell "Peugeot". Now, stop talking bollocks.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          @aatbloke1967 I don't know what country you hail from, but I would like to commend you on the pride you have in whatever country it is. Having said that, it is embarrassing that you have let your national patriotism make YOU out to be yet another clueless, pointless and hopeless untraveled, unworldly, arrogant, supercilious prat. Where are you from anyway? What does your nation contribute to the world of automobiles that is so great? While we are criticizing spelling, you spelled 'cannot' and 'untraveled' wrong (and these words aren't even proper nouns). Additionally, you might want to deal with your closet genital inadequacy issue in a way other than lashing out at others.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "Oh, this is going to be fun." You're American, so I doubt it. "First, excuse my spelling. Must be because I don't care about Peugeot. In fact, nobody cares about Peugeot." Nobody? Is that right? You've managed to glean that from a bedroom in your parents' house? How typical of the fatheads found on these boards. "As a minor player in the Chinese market and an absentee in the United States market (the two biggest auto markets in the world), it is in no way, shape or form a world car." Absolute bollocks. The EU is an enormous market and has by far the largest company car market. Furthermore, more marques are on sale in Europe than anywhere else. PSA sells its wares on practically every continent and in every respect they're a world car. Seriously, you need to travel more. "European car of the year sounds about right, yet you criticize md stew for saying it. I took the time to look the prices up. I can afford any car on that world car list. So, we have two reasons that you're a moron. Care to give me another?" Yes, I'll give you another without hesitation. You're yet another clueless, pointless and hopeless untravelled, unworldly, arrogant, supercilious American male prat who gets his miniscule genitals in a lather the minute he deems anything to not involve America. America HAS no global products, and the few it does have connot possible be contenders for world cars - because they're only sold in a handful of countries. Yes, and America is ONLY one country.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Funny, I own one of them and could afford most, if not all. Lets keep the personal attacks to a minimum, especially since you have no idea what I make.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          The category of World Car of the the Year is about availability, not how many sales exist by country. Conglomerates such as GM, PSA, VAG, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Daimler sell their wares the world over, and simply because the likes of Peugeot don't happen to sell cars in one country - such as the USA - is irrelevant. They have a prominent enough presence almost everywhere else to firmly qualify them for any global title. There's no country that's a be all and end all, but yours comes a good way down the ladder when it comes to a fruitful quality of life and when it comes to automotive availability and choice, ranks as one of the lowest in the western world. The blunt truth is that there are NO American cars worth any contention in this category, with the possible exception of a few Jeeps. Most of the bread and butter models now sold in the States by its domestic manufacturers hail from Europe and Asia. But Americans - especially those who trawl these boards, are so untravelled they couldn't even comprehend the automotive markets as others experience them to begin with.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          ...and what would be the second largest airforce in the world, sitting in the boneyard in Arizona. Come on man! You never go full retard!
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "Special forces that are the envy of the world. Check. Nobody compares, except the Israelis" You're forgetting the SAS, assuming you've even heard of them.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "You still haven't answered my questions though" You've asked nothing which requires any form of reasonable response.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "Proven ass kicking capability against what was the 4th largest army in the world" And yet you've lost over 1,700 soldiers against a bunch of tribal nomads in the mountains of Afghanistan. Proof - if any were needed - of the pinnacle of "ass-kicking" capability.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          "Nope, they're irrelevant. They don't sell in the USA and Canada and they may as well not sell in China. Make whatever stupid excuses you want but two other European companies, two relevant European companies, VW Group and Fiat/Chrysler do sell in these markets." Let's get this straight because I appreciate you've never been anywhere and you don't understand the world as it really is. PSA is a huge conglomerate, and one which concentrates its efforts outside of North America. Indeed, VAG sell very few of its products in the US and Canada and even those models it does sell get a small fraction of the available powertrains it offers elsewhere. Same in fact goes for Ford of Europe products and as well the rebranded Opels you refer to as "Buicks". This is largely because of the sheer cost involved in adapting a product to meet the dictat of America's FMVSS. The longer the remain away from that market, the less chance there is of them bothering to re-enter it, although now that America does have a small B-segment market, there's possibilities. "Those superpower titles are mostly shared between the United States and China. Let's cover the most clean cut and blatantly obvious one though; military super power." Clearly that's a title you're proud of. But in all reality, you have to ask yourself what it all means and how that translates to a nation's people. In 2008, the collapse of AIG saw the US on the brink of bankruptcy - an awful event, but when you think of how America's economy only grew on credit for thirty years previously, it was only a matter of time before banks called it day and had no choice but to rake in all that toxic bad debt. Does branding oneself as a "superpower" make Americans better off? Most are not, and the same goes for the Chinese. What I saw from the twelve years I spent in the States was an awful lot of people living on or under the breadline, few people really travelled anywhere, and many bleated on about how they couldn't afford what I considered rather poultry $4/gallon fuel prices. "Seriously dude, it must hurt to be that stupid" Having worked for several large multinational entities over the past twenty-odd years in various parts of the world, I like to think not. However, it's always amusing to hear some numbnut in Hickville, USA with an ego so large he can't see over his own trousers bleat on about a world he patently has little concept of.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Dizzle - by the way, most people adopting English around the world would spell it "criticising". So your closet shortcomings can be put to rest.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Yomama6505, and it's thanks to the automotive regulations that it sets in place that the rest of the world uses as a standard - with the exception of the US and Canada.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        It's not anti American awards. It's just that nobody else on the planet care about driving 4 wheel barges and yachts.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        "This is the most Anti American OTY Awards EVER! Not a single Domestic Car on past or Present List!" Really? Name an American product sold as globally as those in the shortlist. which might qualify. Bear in mind most of Ford's US line-up are Ford of Europe products, most Buicks are rebadged Opels, and most Chevrolets hail from GM-DAT. So, you pick.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          You can get the Polo in Mexico, as well as the Clio. Just because only two countries in the world - the US and Canada - choose not to adopt UNECE puts you out on a limb. Few domestic American cars would make this list. The latest Viper would b a contender, except Chrysler announced just this week it would only be available in its home market. So, hardly a world beater.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Aatbloke, But the fact that you cannot buy a VW polo in North America is okay? I'm being a little obnoxious right now so feel free to give me crap but please, please, at least get your facts straight.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Donny, you're blabbing incessantly about sales statistics. Take a look at the vehicles contending to be World Car of the Year. Not one is a Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus. Many models listed would never come close to topping any chart in terms of sales. The whole point is availability. And the fact is that a Peugeot 208 has far more presence in global terms than most domestic American cars. Several people above mentioned the Cadillac ATS. It is probably the only home-grown US-domestic family saloon car with the capability of being popular in numerous global markets. It would, under those circumstances, qualify for this award. But listen to me - no bugger outside of North America can yet buy the bloody thing. And that's the difference, a crucial criterion in determining what can qualify for this award. Your inflammatory comments began this entire thread - referring to the list as "trash" just because there's nothing American on it, when you haven't even stopped to think about the possible criteria for judges to work from, was puerile. It comes as no surprise whatsoever that the primary school bully boys such as Yomama jump to your assistance, but I am surprised it took them as long as it did, or that the other usual grunts haven't yet participated.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Or we dismiss Mexico because they bought about 2 million cars of the 17 mil in N/A. "Dismiss" is a little extreme by the way. Time for another fun fact. PSA sold 326,000 units in all of Latin America in 2011. Lets pretend, just for fun, that they didn't sell most of these in Brazil, and instead sold them all in Mexico. That would give PSA a (grossly overestimated) 2% share in the North American market. How laughable. That makes Suzuki and Mitsubishi look like veritable badasses.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Again, Pugeot's meager market share in the top two world markets makes it irrelevant. The car probably sells better than at least the Boxster/Cayman but other vehicles in its class made by the likes of Toyota, GM, VW, and Ford outsell it by a lot (unlike the Boxster/Cayman). I can get behind the A3/Golf (what blundering idiot listed those two separately but decided to group the Boxster/Cayman and the Toyoburus?). The Porsches are nothing short of god-like and they Toyoburus and very good. The mazdas are okay but nothing remarkable. The Benz and Rover are overpriced and overrated. If the Volvo is anything like the ones we have here, it is a pretty decent car but also grossly overpriced for what you get. I won't speak to the Peugeot other than it is irrelevant and the only reason it is on the list is euro snobs like yourself. Overall, it was a very underwhelming list, so I stand by my comment. I have yet to say anything about any American car that should be on my list. The only ones I can think of are the ATS, Model S and Viper, all of which are not eligible because they don't sell in one or more of the heavy hitting global markets, same reason the Peugeot being on here is a joke. I say this list sucks because, it sucks, and it is flawed. Not because I'm allegedly pissed off that there aren't American cars on it.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "The only ones I can think of are the ATS, Model S and Viper, all of which are not eligible because they don't sell in one or more of the heavy hitting global markets" Substitute the phrase "heavy hitting global markets" for "countries" and you'd be almost there. Selling a product in just one or two countries does not qualify the product as a world car - nothing like.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Wrong. When did I say anything about an American car that should be on the list. If anything, it is the Japanese that are getting ripped big time by this. Mexico? That's pathetic. If your car isn't available in the second largest auto market in the world, plus Canada, it is not a world player. End of discussion.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Again, Pugeot's meager market share in the top two world markets makes it irrelevant." The US is a large market, but, as any registered importer in the US will tell you, it's also the world's largest automotive closed shop. The number of available Asian and European products sold there - in terms of products types and configurations of those products - is very small. Many cars are homespun US domestic products which are either not sold elsewhere in the world or in comparative tiny numbers. In China likewise and in even more pronounced fashion, the vast majority of cars sold there are domestic products not sold anywhere else, with the exception of a very few Chinese products sold elsewhere in Asia and in Europe. Now, you summarily dismiss Peugeot simply because you've never travelled to see any. So to you, it's irrelevant. But the playing fields aren't the same: you'll find pretty much most of the same products on sale worldwide, with the exception of the US/Canada and China, both of which harbour many models indigenous to those regions. "I won't speak to the Peugeot other than it is irrelevant and the only reason it is on the list is euro snobs like yourself. Overall, it was a very underwhelming list, so I stand by my comment." There are usually two criteria for a Car of the Year award, one being market availability and the other being the newness of the product. And that's why in this case, most of the contenders are European. "... global markets, same reason the Peugeot being on here is a joke. I say this list sucks because, it sucks, and it is flawed. " PSA isn't a joke. Just because you live in a large but very closeted market doesn't mean that cars you're unfamiliar with are instantly dismissed. I dare say that had this have been 2009, you'd have tarred Fiat with exactly the same brush.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        I'm surpised the 2013 Ford Mondeo/Fusion wasn't on the list.
          kuntknife
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Except for, you know, the recalls it's been plagued with.
          DeathKnoT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Mondeo version isn't out yet. Ford shuffled plants around at the last minute and is moving it to their Spain plant.
      imtoomuch1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha this list is a joke! I honestly am baffled. You have some of the most unreliable brands and an underpowered and underwhelming "sports car".
      A.J.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Without the ATS, this list is not credible.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A.J.
        The ATS isn't a world car. So clearly you're thinking of a different list.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Peugeot makes its products available in Mexico. Now, compare their global availability to an ATS.
          A.J.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Neither are Peugeots. Last I checked, North America was part of the world.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is the ATS?
      nitrostreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhh, European Car of the Year, maybe....
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nitrostreet
        Well, the World Car of the Year finalists must be available in worldwide markets. The Europeans do that. The Asians do that. The Americans do not.
          GhettoDude
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          The Volvo V40 is not available in the US. Sadly.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Indeed ... but the US is one country, and one which isolates itself by employing a vehicle safety standard the rest of the world largely ignores.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very few of those cars actually deserve to be there. The fact that a Range Rover and a Peugot are on this list just kills the credibility. Reminds me of "European hack something or other magazine" from a few years back, that somehow gave the Jag E-type the nod of greatest sports car of the 60's over the Shelby AC Cobra.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        That's because if you travelled around the world and talked to car enthusiasts, most would choose the E-Type. In America, many would choose the Shelby Cobra - itself based on a British car.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Precisely - I said based. But ultimately he chose an AC.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Admittedly based on a British car. Nothing wrong with that. Also, better looking, better performing, better at the races, more iconic and just plain better in every way, shape and form.
          F_Monk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Loosely-based. Ol' Shel had to upgrade/change everything from the suspension to the frame. And, no, I'm not a Brit-hater. I love traditional British sports cars and bikes, and I've been both blessed and cursed by a Triumph Spitfire, numerous BSAs, a couple of Bonnevilles and an Ariel Square Four.
          nassau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Back in the 1960'2, not in 2013, the E-Type was by far the better of the two. The Cobra was a niche car that was not nearly available as the E-type. Also,the Cobra started out with the 260 engine and went through quite a few iterations BEFORE it became a winner on the race track and began attracting attention, but even then it was not nearly available and popular as the E-Type. In 2013, with all the various Cobras produced and the elevation of Shel to almost godlike status by the "media", the Cobra wins, but not in the 1960's. Also,back then it was not much more regarded than the AC Bristol from which it sprang. Remember the vote was 1960's, NOT 2013.
          F_Monk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          It's silly to get into a pissing match over two of the most coveted, beautiful and capable cars of the 60's.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          You know what fmonk? Agreed. I probably shouldn't have brought it up.
          DeathKnoT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I'd take the Shelby. Main reason being is it embodies what a American car is to me. A nice looking car, with way too much power to use safely. It has a raw aspect to it. It's a toy in the best sense. It's not how it handles but, the amazing feeling when you step on the gas. I guess you can say i biased as I've wanted one well since forever.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Donny - given the inflammatory nature of your remarks in other parts of this thread, no, you probably shouldn't have. F_Monk - to an American, it probably does sound like a pissing match. But to anyone else, it's just levelling out the playing field.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          @nassau I totally agree with your comment. The Shelby AC Cobra has aged much better than the Jaguar E-Type, but things were much different in the 1960's (I wasn't there, but it is fairly obvious). I don't think it took until 2013 for the Cobra to overtake the E-Type though.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd say it's ridiculous that the Tesla Model S isn't on the list except that it is really only sold in the US and Canada right now. Europe is still a number of months away. The strange thing is that they have it on their list of World Green Car of the Year list. If it is there, then it should be on the main list. Nothing is as revolutionary and evolutionary as the Model S on the list.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        [blocked]
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          I mentioned that. It is also was on the long list for COTY but didn't make the finalists. It will likely win the green car award but there is nothing revolutionary or unique about all the ICE cars on the list.
      GhettoDude
      • 1 Year Ago
      Indeed. The US market is rather irrelevant from a global viewpoint. Which serves to allow US manufacturers to (barely) survive by producing inferior product, and to deprive Americans of good cars like the V40.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GhettoDude
        Ghettodude - it isn't irrelevant, far from it. However given that almost all countries worldwide adopt European UNECE regulations and the US adopts its own, that makes things extraordinarily economically difficult for manufacturers to offer the variety of models and engine options that they offer elsewhere. And many manufacturers don't even bother at all.
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