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Old 03-19-2007, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Top Three Finalists - 2007 World Car of the Year (Winner @ 2007 NYIAS)

Top Three Finalists - 2007 World Car of the Year (Winner @ 2007 NYIAS)

http://www.wcoty.com/vehicles/?year=2007

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The countdown continues !

The top three finalists were announced by KPMG on March 8, 2007.

They are in alphabetical order:
Audi TT
Lexus LS460
MINI

The 2007 World Car of the Year winner will be declared on Thursday, April 5th, 2007 at the New York International Auto Show.




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Old 03-19-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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I don't see how the Audi TT was even a finalist
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Old 03-19-2007, 05:22 PM   #3
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The only one that I find interesting is the Mini - the other 2 are over priced and probably underwhelming in terms of fun.
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Old 03-19-2007, 05:29 PM   #4
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Is there something about the new TT I don't know about
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:10 PM   #5
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The only one that I find interesting is the Mini - the other 2 are over priced and probably underwhelming in terms of fun.
im the complete opposite. ls460 for me. the others are like bleh.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:14 PM   #6
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The only one that I find interesting is the Mini - the other 2 are over priced and probably underwhelming in terms of fun.
i dont really get how they picked those. I guess it would be nice to know the criteria they used in deciding them, but they are pretty different cars in terms of features and purpose. I can see how the lexus is up there, it is quite a step ahead in terms of technology, they audi, i dont find anything special about, and the mini, although i love mini coopers, i dont see why its on this list either.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:28 PM   #7
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Ya doesnt make sense...
Guess its how much the manufacturers spend on the show or magazines or dinner treats.
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:38 PM   #8
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i dont really get how they picked those. I guess it would be nice to know the criteria they used in deciding them, but they are pretty different cars in terms of features and purpose. I can see how the lexus is up there, it is quite a step ahead in terms of technology, they audi, i dont find anything special about, and the mini, although i love mini coopers, i dont see why its on this list either.
Well my guess is that it would have to be a brand new model, and since it is the "World car of the year", I would think it has to be sold in a couple of markets around the globe, which takes out many other cars which are only sold in one country.
Beyond that, I would think that it is picked not unlike the Motor Trend "Car of the Year" award in which the cars aren't pitted against each other, but rather other cars already in their segment.

I can definitely see the Lexus being on the list, but from everything that I have read about it (and most Lexuses), it is essentially a mobile appliance - i.e. well-made but boring as hell. No thanks.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:20 PM   #9
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fyi

http://www.wcoty.com/about/theprogram.asp

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WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS: The Program

Choosing the World Car of the Year is not an exercise to be taken lightly. It is a serious responsibility, and it was treated as such. To achieve top honours, a vehicle must first satisfy rigid eligibility criteria, then prove to a panel of international jurors that it is the best overall choice, and not just in terms of the usual criteria, such as styling, performance, handling, comfort and utility. In addition, the cars were assessed with respect to value, safety and environmental responsibility, significance, and their 'Wow!' factor, also known as emotional appeal.

Eligible Vehicles Because cars are introduced in different countries at different times, a new car must be available in a minimum number of markets before becoming eligible for World Car of the Year consideration. Specifically, the 2005 Award, it had to be on sale in a minimum of five countries spread over at least two or more continents before January 1, 2005, and it must not have been that widely available before January 1, 2004.

Juror Panel A volunteer jury of distinguished automotive journalists, representing most of the world's major automotive markets, adjudicated the vehicles. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries, which include: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

Appointed for one, two, or three-year terms, to provide for both continuity and renewal of the juror panel, they were chosen to represent Asia and the Far East, Europe, North America, and a combination of the world's other major markets, in approximately equal numbers, thus providing a balance of perspective.

Process A two-level, secret-ballot voting process was developed to initially create a short-list of ten finalists; then, from those finalists, to chose the World Car of the Year. Far from a simple popularity contest, in both cases the process was intense. All of which makes the ultimate decision more meaningful.
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World Car of the Year (WCOTY) is a program initiated by, organized by, and conducted by automotive journalists from all over the world. From the outset, those of us involved in making it a reality have done so in the context of one over-riding priority. We are dedicated to ensuring that it is carried out with the utmost objectivity, credibility, and integrity.

WCOTY has no affiliation with, nor is it is any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise. It is administered by a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of distinguished automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. In that way, it draws on the experience and expertise already developed by various other award programs throughout the world.

It is intended to complement, not compete with those existing national and regional COTY awards, which are inherently different in scope. By its nature, WCOTY includes some vehicles that may be unavailable in individual regions, and excludes others whose availability may be limited to those regions.

Like the cars themselves, the World Car of the Year Awards program will be subjected to a process of 'continuous improvement'. We are very pleased with what has been accomplished so far, but we aim to make the program better and better. To that end, we will fine-tune every aspect of the program - expanding and revising the jury pool, reassessing the eligibility criteria, tweaking the voting process, and improving communication among all parties.

Our ultimate goal is to bring all the finalists and the jurors together in one place at one time for a multi-day, back-to-back TestFest that will ultimately determine the overall winner. That aim might be realized in 2006; it might take longer. The program will develop at its own pace, so that its sustainability is ensured. The one thing that won't change is our dedication to objectivity, credibility, and integrity.
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Is there something about the new TT I don't know about
It's a huge improvement over the old one.

Fifth Gear: Audi TT Test
Fifth Gear: TT vs Z4

I don't like Audi in general, but I'd park a new TT at my house.

I think all 3 are good picks.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:51 PM   #11
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I'd pick the Lexus. The hope this new LS will be as reliable as the older one.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:14 PM   #13
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It's a huge improvement over the old one.

I don't like Audi in general, but I'd park a new TT at my house.
Ditto. The new TT is badass. It hasn't been officially announced yet, but the new TT RS may very well show up on my list of dream cars.

hell even a 2.0T + Quattro one would be fine with me. That car is sex.
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