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2013 World Car of the Year finalists announced

February 2, 2013

It’s that time of the year again, the World Car of the Year awards. A collection of 66 motoring experts and journalists from around the world will again judge and assess all of the current production cars on sale to pick out four winners, in four different categories.

Categories this year are; World Performance Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and the overall World Car of the Year. Nominees for each of the categories are as follows:

2013 World Car of the Year top ten finalists:

Audi A3
Land Rover Range Rover
Mazda6
Mazda CX-5
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Peugeot 208
Porsche Boxster / Cayman
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86
Volkswagen Golf
Volvo V40

2013 World Performance Car of the Year finalists:

Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi RS 5
BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible
BMW M 135i
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Porsche Boxster / Cayman
Renault Clio Sport
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

2013 World Green Car of the Year finalists:

Renault Zoe
smart Electric Drive
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

2013 World Car Design of the Year finalists:

Aston Martin Vanquish
Renault Clio
Jaguar F-Type
Land Rover Range Rover
Mazda 6
Volkswagen Golf

The winners of each will be announced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, starting March 29. Judges will assess each car and rate them on their overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.