World Car of the Year - finalists announced

The WCOTY (world car of the year) will be announced in April at the New York Auto Show, but now we can narrow it down to 11 finialists:

- Audi A4 / Avant
- BMW 7 Series
- Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer
- Fiat 500
- Ford Fiesta
- Honda Fit / Jazz
- Jaguar XF
- Mazda Atenza / Mazda6
- Nissan GT-R
- Toyota iQ
- Volkswagen Golf VI .

A jury of fifty-nine international automotive journalists representing Asia, Europe, North America, South America, as well as other parts of the world, selected the finalists by secret ballot. Usually ten are chosen, but a tie has widened the field to eleven.

Just because this was represented by international journalists, doesn’t mean the field is complete. They may have left a few cars out, so go ahead and write in your WCOTY vote here. It won’t effect the judging, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from arguing on the internet before.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2009 World Car awards winners’ press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 9, 2009.

A jury of fifty-nine distinguished international automotive journalists selected the finalists by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, as well as other parts of the world. All hold significant stature within their own regions and countries. For more details about our jurors, and their outlets, please visit our web site: and choose “Juror Details”.

The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots and announced the top ten finalists in both categories on January 23rd. 

The 2009 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following cars listed in alphabetical order. Eleven cars are listed as there is a tie.

  • Audi A4 / Avant
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer
  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda Fit / Jazz
  • Jaguar XF
  • Mazda Atenza / Mazda6
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Toyota iQ
  • Volkswagen Golf VI


My picks for the winners: Civic and Xterra.

i have to agree that GT-R would be the crowd favorite..It’s the best.

Hopefully the GT-R will be the finalist. GT-R is a true legend car, Nissan is really into perfection of the GT-R.

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