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World Car of the Year

The World Car of the Year (WCOTY) (Prix mondial de la Voiture de l’année) is an automobile award selected by a jury of 48 international automotive journalists from 22 countries. Cars considered must be sold in at least five countries on at least two continents prior to January 1 of the year of the award. The contest is a new one, inaugurated in 2005 as a unified award similar to many of the continent- and nation-specific Car of the Year awards already given. Since 2006, awards for performance, green cars, and car design also given.


Ten finalists were reduced to three before the winner was selected at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.2006
For 2006, in addition to the WCOTY award, the performance, green, and design categories were added; the award was announced April 12 at the New York International Auto Show.2007
On 8 March 2007, the Audi TT, Lexus and MINI were named the top-three finalists for WCOTY. The winner was announced on April 5, 2007 at the New York International Auto Show.


Winners, finalists and nominees
World Car of the Year
2005 2006 2007 2008

  • BMW 3-Series (winner)
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Porsche Cayman S

  • Lexus LS 460 (winner)
  • MINI
  • Audi TT

  • Mazda2 / Demio (winner)
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • World Performance Car
    2006 2007 2008

  • Audi RS4 (winner)
  • BMW 335i
  • Porsche 911 Turbo

  • Audi R8 (winner)
  • Audi S5 Coupé
  • BMW M3

  • World Green Car
    2006 2007 2008

    • BMW 325Ci
  • Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec (winner)
  • BMW Hydrogen 7-Series
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI BlueMotion
  • BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics (winner)
  • Smart Fortwo cdi
  • Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI BlueMotion

  • World Car Design of the Year
    2006 2007 2008

  • Audi TT (winner)
  • Citroën C4 Picasso
  • Fiat Grande Punto

  • Audi R8 (winner)
  • Mazda2
  • Volvo C30
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