In­ter­na­tional judges to de­cide on the best in the world

The big day ap­proaches for mo­tor­ing’s best and bright­est, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.