International judges to decide on the best in the world
The big day approaches for motoring’s best and brightest, writes Paul Gover
THE Mercedes Gullwing SLS, supercar Lexus LFA and Aston Martin Rapide head the field for the 2011 World Car of the Year.
A total of 37 cars are contenders for the award, won for 2010 by the Volkswagen Golf before its victory in the carsGuide COTY contest.
The final list runs alphabetically from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta to the Volkswagen Touareg.
It takes in everything from the Honda CR-Z hybrid to the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, as well as the Nissan Micra and the same company’s new Leaf electric car. The Mini Countryman ensures gen-Y appeal.
Most of the contenders are — or will be— sold in Australia, apart from the Dacia Duster from the Renault group, two Infiniti models —though Nissan Australia is moving closer to a local return by its luxury division — and the Vauxhall Meriva people- mover. There are three sub-categories in the World COTY contest, with 13 cars short-listed for Performance Car honours, another 13 for Green Car and 50 for the Design of the Year.
The performance pack is headed by the McLaren MP4-12C, even though no one has yet tested the car, and the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Green contenders are led by the Chevrolet Volt, plug-in Smart electric car and the Mercedes B-Class fuel-cell model.
The World Car Design contest is the most open field, including everything from the Dodge Charger and Citroen DS3 to the Hyundai i45 and Volvo S60.
The finalists in all four categories for the World COTY contest will be set early next year before a global judging panel of major motoring journalists votes for the winners ahead of an announcement of the winners at the New York Motor Show.
Contenders: the Aston Martin Rapide (top), the Lexus LFA (above) and the Mercedes Gullwing SLS (right).