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582010 World Car of the Year finalists announced... is your favorite represented?

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.

13Ford employees take Motor Trend calipers to Disney World, hit TSA snag in Detroit

When we look at Motor Trend magazine's golden calipers, we think of a prestigious trophy awarded each year to the publication's top car and truck of the year. Apparently, the Transportation Security Administration officials at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport see a weapon of mass destruction. Or something.

4Ford Fusion Hybrid awarded 2010 Urban Green Vehicle of the Year

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

35Ford Taurus SHO and Fusion Hybrid awarded 2010 Urban Autos of the Year

2010 Ford Taurus SHO – Click above for high-res image gallery

36Porsche Panamera wins inaugural Bloomberg Car of the Year

2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo - click above for high-res image gallery

6Ford Fusion wins Motor Trend Car of the Year award

2010 Ford Fusion Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

117Ford Fusion wins Motor Trend Car of the Year award

2010 Ford Fusion Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

25Lotus wins 2 EVO magazine car of the year awards

2010 Lotus Evora - click above for high res image gallery

132010 European Car of the Year nominees announced

You'd expect the European Car of the Year contest to be stacked mainly with European cars, of course, if not cars from around the world that are sold in Europe. But this year, the fight is being waged almost exclusively between European cars that we don't even get on this side of the Atlantic.

35Civics Class: Vote for the Internet Car and Truck of the Year

The semi-finalists are in for the first annual Internet Car and Truck of The Year coronation, and now its time to let you, the genteel habitués of the world wide web, cast your own votes. Us autowriter types, including moi, have winnowed the bewildering field down to a list of seven contenders each for the car and truck categorie.

7European jurists announce candidates for 2010 Car of the Year

It's getting to be that time of the year when jurists select their favorites for the various Car of the Year awards. And so, hot on the heels of the announced list of nominees for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards comes the roster of candidates for the 2010 European Car of the Year awards.

26UK's What Car? names Ford Fiesta its Car of the Year

In another sign of good things to come from Ford later this year, the company's new Fiesta has just won a Car of the Year award from What Car? magazine in the UK. Specifically, the Fiesta 1.25i Zetec was selected by the publication's editors. They praised the looks, handling and efficiency of the new B-segment entry that's now available in Europe and has just started production in China. At the end of 2009, Ford will start production at a plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico that is being converted from

34Ford Fiesta named car of the year by What Car?

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27Jetta TDI, Benz ML320 BlueTEC finalists for 2009 North American Car/Truck of the Year

The 2009 Green Car of the Year, the Jetta TDI, could also be named the 2009 North American Car of the Year. After winning the top honor in LA a month ago, the Jetta TDI joins the Ford Flex and the Hyundai Genesis as finalists for the NACOTY award that will be handed out at the start of the Detroit Auto Show next month. The diesel love extends to the North American Truck of the Year, where the finalists are: the Dodge Ram, the Ford F-150 and the Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC. While the 50 judges wi

55Nissan GT-R crowned Motor Trend Car of the Year

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22Opel/Vauxhall Insignia wins European Car of the Year by single point

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