Trio battle for world car award
A pair of Europe’s best luxury cars are battling Japan’s new green star for the biggest prize in world motoring. The flagship Audi A8 and BMW’s mid-sized 5 Series are competing with the Nissan Leaf to become the seventh winner of the 2011 World Car of the Year award. The three finalists were culled from an original list of 39 contenders, with the winner announced at the opening of the New York Auto Show on April 21. Apart from the overall World COTY award, journalists from 24 countries are also voting on awards for performance cars, green cars and automotive design.