Aussies’ Ca­maro ti­tle tilt

A Down Un­der de­sign is up for a world award, writes PAULGOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

AN AUS­TRALIAN suc­cess story is a con­tender for next year’s World Car of the Year (COTY) award. The Chevro­let Ca­maro might be built and sold in the US, but it was de­signed, de­vel­oped, tested and ap­proved in Aus­tralia as a spin-off from the VE Com­modore.

It’s been named this week among the 31 fi­nal­ists for the COTY and will be judged by a global panel of 60 motoring jour­nal­ists be­fore the win­ner is named at the New York Auto Show in April.

The fi­nal­ists carry badges from Audi to Toy­ota and are as di­verse as the lat­est greenpower Honda In­sight and Toy­ota Prius, to the su­per-lux­ury Porsche Panam­era.

COTY co-chair­man Peter Lyon says: ‘‘The list came from the man­u­fac­tur­ers, who sent us their el­i­gi­ble cars. There may be one or two more yet, be­cause a cou­ple of com­pa­nies may have ex­tra mod­els be­fore the end of the year.’’

Apart from the COTY con­test, the same panel also de­cides the World Per­for­mance Car, World Green Car and World Car De­sign of the year.

So far there are 18 po­ten­tial win­ners in the per­for­mance field, from the As­ton Martin V12 Van­tage to the Re­nault Clio 3 Re­nault Sport.

Judg­ing on all fronts now ad­vances to the semi-fi­nals, with three cars in each case, which will be named at the Geneva Mo­tor Show at the start of March. Then it’s over to the judges to drive, as­sess and vote.

‘‘This year we have 60 judges al­to­gether,’’ Lyon says. ‘‘We’ve capped at that num­ber af­ter adding a cou­ple of new judges this year.

‘‘We have judges now from Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates. We’ve ba­si­cally cov­ered 25 or 26 coun­tries, from Aus­tralia to Rus­sia and ev­ery­where be­tween.’’

The fi­nal judge for 2010 is Aus­tralian Michael Tay­lor, a for­mer ed­i­tor of Mo­tor mag­a­zine who now lives and works in Italy.

Lyon makes no apolo­gies for the list of con­tenders.

‘‘The Ger­man and Ja­panese romp­ing it again,’’ he says.

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