The top 10 finalists in the increasingly important World Car of the Year awards programme were announced yesterday. Now, the jury of 66 international motoring journalists, including the only South African, CAR’s Hannes Oosthuizen, will cast votes again before the top three in each of the categories are announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year winners, along with green and design awards, will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show in April.
The 2012 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following top ten cars listed in alphabetical order:
Audi A6 Saloon / Avant
BMW 1 Series
BMW 3 Series
Chevrolet Volt / Opel/Vauxhall Ampera
Land Rover Evoque
The 2012 World Performance Car will be chosen from these top ten finalists:
Audi RS 3 Sportback
BMW 1 Series M Coup
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe AMG Black Series
Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Nissan LEAF in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.
Now in their eighth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the world’s most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.
At a launch function held in Cape Town this morning, it was announced that Land Rover will be the official associate and exclusive vehicle partner of the union for the next three years.
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been confirmed as the official Pace Car for this Sunday’s 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
This morning, Zara Phillips visited the Royal Windsor Horse Show to announce a new engineering scholarship programme.
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