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Old 01-31-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default World Car of the Year Announces Top 10 Finalists ~Winner to be announced @ 2007 NYIAS

World Car of the Year Announces Top 10 Finalists (Winner to be announced @ 2007 NYIAS)

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From an initial entry list of twenty- eight (28) new vehicles from all over the world, a short list of ten finalists for the third annual World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards were announced by the international accounting firm KPMG. The winners of the 2007 WCOTY will be unveiled during Press Preview at the upcoming New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on Thursday, April 5, 2007.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 45 top-level automotive journalists from around the world. To be eligible, the car must be in production, and sold in at least five countries on two continents.

World Car - Top Ten Finalists:
The following Top Ten World Car finalists are listed below in alphabetical order:

Audi Q7
Jaguar XK
Audi TT
Lexus LS 460
Citroen C4 Picasso
Mercedes CL
Citroen C6
MINI
Fiat Grande Punto
Suzuki SX4 / Fiat Sedici

World Performance Car - Top Ten Finalists:
In addition, the following Top Ten World Performance Car finalists are:

Audi RS4
Jaguar XKR
Audi S6
Mazda 3 MPS / Mazdaspeed3
BMW 335i
Porsche 911 GT3
BMW M / Z4 M Coupe/Roadster
Porsche 911 Turbo
Ferrari 599 GTB
Renault Clio Renault Sport

The jurors' next steps are to re-evaluate the "Top Ten" cars in the above categories in preparation for a final round of voting on March 1st. Jury members will specifically rate each vehicle in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. KPMG will tabulate the vote results and the top three finalists will be announced no later than Thursday, March 8th, 2007

There are no Top Ten finalists for World Green Car or for World Design of the Year. Instead, jurors will vote in those categories on March 1st. The Top Three finalists in all awards categories will then be announced on Thursday, March 8th.

The 2007 World Car of the Year, as well as the winners of the World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year titles will all be declared on Thursday, April 5, 2007 during a press conference to be held at the New York International Auto Show.

"Announcing the annual World Car of the Year awards at the New York show is a fitting finale to the auto show season that begins each fall with either the Paris or Frankfurt motor shows," said Gerry Malloy, co-chair, WCOTY. "Next, it's on to Tokyo in alternating years. The Detroit show takes center stage in January while Geneva claims the spotlight in March. Finally, in April, the season reaches its exciting climax at the New York International Auto Show."

About World Car of the Year
The World Car of the Year Awards program is initiated by, organized by, and conducted by, automotive journalists from around the globe. A non-profit association guided by a steering committee of journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America administers the awards program. WCOTY is intended to complement, not compete with, existing COTY awards by raising consumer awareness of regional Car of the Year award programs as well as the World Car of the Year.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
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So, let's see.... World Car of the Year to be announced in New York, from the following list:


World Car - Top Ten Finalists:
The following Top Ten World Car finalists are listed below in alphabetical order:

Audi Q7
Jaguar XK
Audi TT
Lexus LS 460
Citroen C4 Picasso
Mercedes CL
Citroen C6
MINI
Fiat Grande Punto
Suzuki SX4 / Fiat Sedici


Three of the choices don't exist in the North American market, and the Jaguar XK and Audi Q7 are fairly rare.

Wow, what a comprehensive list. What are their criteria?
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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Porter, the world 'only' exists beyond North America. You should know this.
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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World Car - Top Ten Finalists:
The following Top Ten World Car finalists are listed below in alphabetical order:

Audi Q7
Jaguar XK
Audi TT
Lexus LS 460
Citroen C4 Picasso
Mercedes CL
Citroen C6
MINI
Fiat Grande Punto
Suzuki SX4 / Fiat Sedici


Suzuki SX4?? The most bang-for-the-buck car?
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:58 PM   #5
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Affordable, extremely useful, shaped by ItalDesign and available in nearly every market. Yeah, it qualifies better than most on that list.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:51 AM   #6
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I drove a SX4 a couple of weeks ago.

It's a seriously fun little car that loves to be chucked around.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:17 AM   #7
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Sweeeet ! FIAT on the list x2
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:35 AM   #8
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The North American Car and Truck of the year didn't even make the finalists list. Hopefully that will serve as a wakeup call to the big three.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:59 AM   #9
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Renault Clio Renault Sport


^^^I WANT ONE!!!!
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:37 PM   #10
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I vote:
LS 460 and 599 GTB.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:23 PM   #11
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Audi Q7
Jaguar XK
Audi TT
Lexus LS 460
Citroen C4 Picasso
Mercedes CL
Citroen C6
MINI
Fiat Grande Punto
Suzuki SX4 / Fiat Sedici

I gotta say that that is one lame ass list. None of them really stand out to me as being truly outstanding. Sure the Mini is cool and all, and the LS460 is a technological knock-out, but :meh:

From that list, the Grande Punto wins hands down in my mind.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:40 PM   #12
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The North American Car and Truck of the year didn't even make the finalists list. Hopefully that will serve as a wakeup call to the big three.
lol. o man Toyota and Honda didn't make the list, this will serve as a wake up call? technically 3 cars from a big 3 company was on there
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