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.