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The Opel Insignia, near-identical twin to the Holden Commodore, has been nominated for World Car of the Year.

The replacement for the locally-built Commodore, set to arrive in dealerships in February next year, is among 35 cars nominated for the award, won by the Jaguar F-Pace last year.

Previous winners also include the Mazda MX-5, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The award will be judged by a team of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America.

“The World Car of the Year shortlisting shows the next-gen Commodore is based on an already exceptional vehicle,” said Holden’s Vehicle Performance Manager, Jeremy Tassone.

“We’ve been working on the car for a while now to make it even better for Australian roads and by the time it lands in the hands of our customers, we’re confident it will demonstrate all of the great driving and technology characteristics Commodore has built its name on.”

World Car of the Year results will be announced at the 2018 New York motor show in March. The Insignia/Commodore/Regal will need to beat out some stiff competition if it’s to take the crown: entrants include the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, the Range Rover Velar, Volvo XC40 and Kia Stinger.

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