February 1st, 2012 by Steve Cypher

2012 Ford Focus and Chevrolet Volt are still in the hunt as he list narrows with the top 10 candidates announced for the 2012 World Car Awards

Winners to be announced at the 2012 New York Auto Show

The WCOTY competition was established just nine years ago and marks the culmination of the big auto shows held here in the U.S. of A. The World Car Awards differ from other various and sundry accolades bestowed here in that unlike the North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards announced during the Detroit Auto Show (a.k.a. the North American International Auto Show), nominated World Car vehicles aren’t required to be marketed in North America. As such, many of the vehicles that appear on the finalist’s lists might be, if you’ll pardon the expression, “foreign” to many drivers on this side of the pond.

The WCOTY awards also differ in that the list is whittled down not once, but twice, allowing us to add yet another story to the saga.

In any case, 2012 award nominees fall into four categories: 2012 World Car, 2012 World Performance Car, 2012 World Green Car and 2012 World Car Design of the Year. The top three finalists in all award categories will once again be announced at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, on Tuesday, March 6th.

So without further ado, here is what is more correctly the semi-semi finalist list of nominees:

2012 World Car

In order to qualify for the overall award, the vehicle had to be in production as well as available for sale on at least two continents during 2011. It also must, according to the committee, “excel in a broad range of attributes.” The top ten finalists for this award are:

Audi A6 Sedan / Avant
Audi Q3
BMW 1 Series
BMW 3 Series
Chevrolet Volt / Opel/Vauxhall Ampera
Citroen DS5
Ford Focus
Land Rover Evoque
Porsche 911
Volkswagen Up!

2012 World Performance Car

Unlike the overall award, the performance car must “demonstrate a specific and overt sports/performance orientation” while still satisfying the criteria of model production and availability. Vehicles in this category also must satisfy a minimum annual production rate of 500. The ten finalists for this category are:

Audi RS 3 Sportback
BMW 1 Series M Coupé
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Ferrari FF
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
McLaren MP4-12C
Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz C-63 Coupe AMG Black Series
Porsche 911

2012 World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year

Unlike last year, the committee has yet to announce or narrow the choices for both the 2012 World Green Car and the 2012 World Car Design of the year.

Since the current list of vehicles eligible for the green award numbers twenty-two and the design of the year group hovers at forty, we’ll forego listing them all here and  instead let you know when both are pared down to a more manageable number.

In any case, you’ll want to stay tuned for the finalist announcement from the Geneva Motor Show as well as the proclamation of winners from the New York Auto Show on Thursday, April 5th.

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