The finalists for the 2013 World Car of the Year awards have been announced with some familiar names set to battle it out for this year’s title.

Covering four categories – Car of the Year, Performance Car of the Year, Green Car of the Year and Car Design of the Year – the awards encompass a wide range of vehicles from the fast and beautiful to the efficient and practical.

Porsche Cayman

The four finalists for WCOTY have been selected from an initial entry list of 42 new vehicles and comprise the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, the Toyota 86/GT 86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S and the recently announced 2013 European Car of the Year winner, the Volkswagen Golf. Volkswagen claimed victory last year with the Volkswagen Up! coming up trumps.

Won by the Porsche 911 in 2012, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the combined entry of the Toyota 86/GT 86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S will fight it out for top honours in the World Performance Car of the Year class.

The three World Green Car finalists for 2013 are the Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S and Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, while the World Car Design of the Year award will come down to the Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar F-Type and the Mazda 6.

Aston Martin Vanquish

According to the WCOTY association, eligible candidates must be vehicles available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2012, and ending May 30, 2013, and must have a minimum annual production rate of 500 vehicles.

Winners of each category will be revealed at the upcoming New York auto show that gets underway on March 27, following the decision of the 66-member jury made up of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Phil

    Looking at the Vanquish, they might as well call the design award a perpetual trophy and give it to Aston permanently. How does one top a car that looks that good?

    The 86 should take out the performance category, and I’d like to see the A class win the WCOTY if only to stop VW getting it yet again.

  • Tuffguy

    Still trying to work out how the BRZ/86 can even be in the performance car category?   Did someone secretly give it some that i haven’t heard about?

    • Phil

      The Up! got the WCOTY last year, the Nissan Leaf the year before. Compared to those, the BRZ/86 is a freakin’ supercar! Seriously though, the fact that it make it this far shows the criteria for performance is measured in lateral G’s as much as it is Kw/tonne. The BRZ/86 is not a car I would buy, but I appreciate what it is and what it does. Even if it was the slowest of the 10 finalists (the Clio Cup would be quicker).

      Next year should see the C7 Corvette as a finalist. 7 sp manual, direct injection V8, ally spaceframe and 50/50 weight distribution. That should put the world right for you.

    • The Real Wile E

      Agree but that don’t have a “nice drive but gutless “category

    • Cam

      HAVE YOU EVEN DRIVEN ONE?????????????

  • Jackson

    Wow, all four are so worthy of the prize. Well done to them for making it so far and beating out the other nominees.

  • Zaccy16

    vw might have another award!

    • Mike

      Considering the large margin by which the Golf won the European award, it seems likely. That would make it 4 WCOTY awards for VW out of 5 years running. Some people are going to have a heart attack.

  • Rod

    It’s only the middle of March, aren’t there another 42 weeks left in 2013????? Aren’t they being a little premature?

    • Phil

      Look on the bright side they give car makers 17 months to get last year’s models on the market. That should give even Ford Australia a chance!

      Anything else would confuse Detroit, given they are releasing the 2014 models now.

  • Chery Bomb

    Why no Chery or Great Wall models? This it too Euro biased.

  • Crazy n00b

    They have hijacked the title. Should have called it Euro car of the year.

    • Guest13

      Just proves once again that the Euros (ie: Germans) still make the best cars.

  • Jacob

    So Kia Ceed can never win this award coz they dont bother to sell it outside Europe. :-p