World Car Of The Year Finalists Down To Three

The finalists for the World Car of the Year award are down to just three in each category. The winner will be chosen at the New York Auto Show.

It what seems to be Car Idol, the finalists for the World Car of the Year have been slowly whittled down from 39 hopefuls to just three. The three finalists were announced at a press conference at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday.

Taking the podium for the overall Car of the Year award is the 2011 Audi A8, the BMW 5-Series and the Nissan Leaf. Each of these vehicles has positive and negative attributes, such as the Leaf’s limited range but planet saving motor. The Audi is massive to say the least, but it’s driving characteristics and advanced technology are world beating. The BMW 5-Series feels bulky behind the wheel, but it has a strong engine and a sublime interior design.

In the performance category is the Ferrari 458 Italia, which catches fire, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which is more of a grand touring car than a performance machine, and the Porsche 911 Turbo, which is a Volkswagen Beetle. All joking aside, each of these vehicles is stunning, but the Ferrari 458 is in a class of its own.

The green segment is where one will find the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics. Considering the fact that the Volt has won everything else, it might as well take this one. The winner is determined by votes from three of the world’s top green technology experts.

Finally, there is the award for the best automotive design. From England is the Aston Martin Rapide and from Italy are the Ferrari 458 and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Aston and the Alfa are gorgeous to say the least, but the Ferrari, while it looks good, just can’t compete.

The winner of the World Car of the Year award has to represent some aspects of each category and the winner will be decided at the New York Auto Show on April 21.

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