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2011 World Car Of The Year Candidates

Posted in auto industry, Event Coverage, Geneva Motor Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, News by Kurt Ernst | February 13th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

The “World Car of the Year” is chosen by a panel of 66 industry insiders, and looking at the ten candidates so far I’m more than a little puzzled as to what the judges were smoking thinking. One of the cars, the Audi A1, isn’t even sold in the United States, and last time I checked we were part of the world. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is nice enough, but I honestly prefer it’s forgotten sibling, the Dodge Durango. While we’re talking about SUVs, can anyone explain why the BMW X3 and the Porsche Cayenne made the cut, but the entirely-new-from-the-ground-up Explorer didn’t? And where’s the Chevy Volt, whose serial hybrid powertrain is the first of its kind in the automotive industry? If pioneering a new technology isn’t even enough to get you on the list, I question how relevant the list actually is. Read on and decide for yourself.

2011 Audi A1

2011 Audi A1

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 BMW 5 Series

2011 BMW 5 Series

2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

2011 Jaguar XJ

2011 Jaguar XJ

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Mercedes Benz SLS

2011 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Volvo S60 / V60

2011 Volvo S60

The three finalists will be named during the Geneva Motor Show in March, while the winner will be announced during the New York International Auto Show in April. I’ll go ahead and call it now – expect the Nissan Leaf, which has already won the European Car of the Year Award, to take top honors.

Source: Autoevolution

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4 Responses

  1. a says:

    that doesn’t look like a 5 series

  2. The ghost of Jerry Flint... says:

    “One of the cars, the Audi A1, isn’t even sold in the United States, and last time I checked we were part of the world.” *Cars considered must be sold in at least five countries on at least two continents prior to January 1 of the year of the award.

    Unlike the other b/s awards, i.e. JD Power, this award is selected by journalists much list yourself Kurt, I figured you would respect the input and certainly find it relevant.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Sorry, it seems to me like they’ve ignored some obvious choices. Are the Volt and the Explorer excluded because they won NACOTY and NATOTY? Why is the Leaf still in the running, then, as it took ECOTY?

      I suspect this award has more to do with advertising dollars and politics than with actual merit.

  3. Siddharth says:

    I think the “World Car of the Year” is totally useless.