Aussies’ Camaro title tilt
A Down Under design is up for a world award, writes PAULGOVER
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.