Winner will be revealed at the Geneva motor show next month
5 February 2010

Nominations for World Car of the Year have been announced.

The 10-strong shortlist has been chosen by 59 jurors and is spearheaded by the 2010 European Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Polo.

Other nominations include the BMW X1, Mercedes E-class and Porsche Panamera. Last year’s winner was the Volkswagen Golf.

The winner will be announced at the Geneva motor show next month. Other categories include Performance Car of the Year and Green Car of the Year. Last year’s performance winner was the Nissan GT-R.

Full list of nominations for World Car of the Year:

- Audi Q5- BMW X1- Chevrolet Cruze- Kia Soul- Mazda3- Mercedes-Benz E-class- Opel/Vauxhall Insignia/Buick Regal- Porsche Panamera- Toyota Prius- Volkswagen Polo

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5 February 2010

Sounds like an excuse for a night out. It really gets too subjective with the huge range in function and cost of cars currently for sale. Having best in class, function or price range I can see is helpful to consumers. How can it be world car of the year with less jurors than countries and I doubt the jurors are a fair representation of the worlds population. Should the title be “The best car in the world based on 59 people’s opinion out of nearly 7 billion?” I don’t think that would stand up for statistical scrutiny.

5 February 2010

Although its a very good little car, I don't think its quite world car of the year material, especially given its not sold in the US.

5 February 2010

I'm not sure that it should have won European COTY - Its a very nice car, but I left the VW showroom feeling rather underwhelmed.

5 February 2010

[quote catnip]Its a very nice car, but I left the VW showroom feeling rather underwhelmed.
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Every time I see one I can't get over how dull it is. That said it seems to be very popular - I counted 8 on the roads during my travels yesterday (yes i was that bored) which is not bad for a recently released car.

5 February 2010

[quote Lee23404]Every time I see one I can't get over how dull it is. That said it seems to be very popular - I counted 8 on the roads during my travels yesterday (yes i was that bored) which is not bad for a recently released car.[/quote]

Could be they are on the rental fleets? The same happened with the new Golf, Fiesta and Insignia recently, making them relatively common, and then all dumped on the approved used scheme. I suspect manufacturers do this to get them out and about and seen by people.

8 February 2010

What would make the award more fun is if every country picked a car of the year & then battled it out, Eurovision style, to pick a World Car of the Year winner, so it would include all the wierd & wonderful cars we dont get to hear about from China etc.

Personally my World Car of the Year would be the Tato Nano for its significance & originality.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

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