The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2010 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) and Performance Car of the Year (PCOTY) awards ceremony that will be taking place on April 1 at the 2010 New York Auto Show.
A total of 31 cars made up the original list of candidates for the 2010 World Car category, while 15 cars made up the list for the 2010 Performance Car category, but now these lists have been whittled down to just ten finalists.
Now in their seventh year, the World and Performance Car of the Year awards are an independent global accreditation to name the best new car on the market, as selected by a voter group made up of established automotive journalists from around the globe.
To be eligible, a car has to be in production and sold in at least five countries and on two continents, which meant many American manufactured cars didn’t make the list. The final winners will be picked by a team of 59 judges and announced during April’s New York event, however, the list will be whittled down even further to just three finalists in both categories at next month’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
BMW has made the top twice, first with the newly released X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, nominated for the World Car of the Year Top, and second, the Z4 Roadster running in the Performance Car of the Year competition.
2010 World Car of the Year top ten finalists:
Opel/Vauxhall Insignia / Buick Regal
2010 Performance Car of the Year top ten finalists:
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Audi R8 V10
Audi TT RS Coupé / Roadster
Mercedes-Ben z E 63 AMG
Nissan 370 Z
Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Boxster / Cayman
BMW Z4 Photo Gallery
BMW X1 Photo Gallery