World's Most Beautiful Autos named

As part of the 22nd Annual International Automobile Festival, a team of judges has chosen its Most Beautiful Automobiles of the World for 2007, and no, the U.S. did not come home with a trunk of gold medals in this competition. We Americans will just have to be content with our two silvers.

On the other hand, many of the pageant-winning cars can actually be found on these shores.

List of winners after the jump.

Correction: Looks like I got my international "Most Beautiful Automobiles of the World" contests mixed up. The cars listed on the jump were chosen at the 14th Annual "L'Automobile più Bella del Mondo" competition, Oct. 27th in Milan, Italy. The Annual International Automobile Festival is in France in January when their choice for most beautiful is announced. So it looks like I need someone to translate French and Italian for me cause Google ain't gettin' it. I'm chalking the Scania truck mixup to translation as well. Mulligan?

[Source: Virtual Car via Carbody Design]

City cars and compact cars
Mini Cooper
Second Place: Daihatsu Trevis

Mid-size hatchback
Volvo C30
Second Place: Nissan Note

Mid-size sedans
Volvo S80
Second Place: Chevrolet Epica

Bentley Continental GTC
Second Place: Bentley Azure

Mercedes CL
Second Place (Tie)
BMW 3 Series Coupe
Jaguar XKR Coupe
Maserati GranSport MC Victory

Volkswagen Eos
Second Place: Jaguar XKR convertible

Alfa Romeo Spider
Second Place: None

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Second Place: Porsche Cayman

Station wagon
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
Second Place: Skoda Roomster

Citroën C4 Picasso
Second Place: Ford Galaxy

Audi Q7
Second Place: Mercedes GL

Special series
Studiotorino RK Coupé

Concept car
Renault Twingo Concept

And so you can argue the merits of the competition's judges, here they are:

Kenneth Noland, American artist
Heinz Mack, German artist
Vittorio Matino, Italian artist
Mario Bellini, Italian architect
Massimo Vignelli, Italian architect
Fiorucci Helium, fashion designer
Carl Rivetti, fashion designer
Tawny Sacco, car designer
Lorenzo Ramaciotti, car designer
Enrico Leonardo Fagone, car designer
Alexander Giudice. car designer
Antoine Prunet, author

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