2013 World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Today, the top ten finalists list for the 2013 World Car of the Year Award was released.

The official decision is voted on by 66 automotive journalists from around the world and will be announced on March 28 during the media preview at the New York Auto Show.

There are four awards that will be dished out: 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year. Last year, the Volkswagen Up! received the accolade of 2012 World Car of the Year.

At the Geneva Auto Show in the beginning of March, three finalists will be selected for each category. Jurors are currently re-evaluating the top ten cars, and assigning them points based on overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. The votes are them counted by third party accounting firm KPMG.

For the World Green Car of the Year award, the World Car Awards Steering Committee chose a panel of five experts in the field to assemble the statistics and choose a list of five vehicles, which are then evaluated and voted on by the 66 jurors.

The same process applies for the World Car Design of the Year. A group of five specialists gather together a list of the top five new designs, which are then voted on by the 66 jurors.

2013 World Car of the Year Nominees

• Audi A3

• Land Rover Range Rover

• Mazda6

• Mazda CX5

• Mercedes-Benz A-Class

• Peugeot 208

• Porsche Boxster / Cayman

• Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

• Volkswagen Golf

• Volvo V40

2013 World Performance Car of the Year Nominees

• Aston Martin Vanquish

• Audi RS 5

• BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible

• BMW M 135i

• Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

• Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

• Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

• Porsche Boxster / Cayman

• Renault Clio Sport

• Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

2013 World Car Design of the Year

•Aston Martin Vanquish

• Renault Clio

• Jaguar F-Type

• Land Rover Range Rover

• Mazda 6

• Volkswagen Golf

2013 World Green Car of the Year

• Renault Zoe

• smart Electric Drive

• Tesla Model S

• Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

• Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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