The three finalists for the 2011 World Car of the Year have been announced at the Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the official award ceremony at next month’s New York International Auto Show.
In alphabetical order, the finalists are: the Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan Leaf.
A group of 66 leading journalists from 24 different countries around the world selected the top three, initially starting with a list of 39 vehicles and then last month whittling that number down to 10.
To be eligible, the vehicles must be on sale on at least two different continents between January 1, 2010 and May 30, 2011.
The top three vehicles were also named for the other three award categories:
2011 World Performance Car of the Year:
2011 World Green Car of the Year:
2011 World Car Design of the Year:
Last year’s winners, in the order listed above, were the Volkswagen Polo, the Audi R8 V10, the Volkswagen BlueMotion vehicles, and the Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2011 World Car of the Year winners will be announced in New York on April 21.
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