And Now There Are Four...Top Finalists Announced in All World Car Awards Categories

   And Now There Are Four...Top Finalists Announced in All World Car Awards

PR Newswire

GENEVA, March 5, 2013

GENEVA, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference hosted by
Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show at the Geneva
International Motor Show, the top finalists for the World Car of the Year,
World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards
were announced today.

The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York
International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

World Car of the Year
From an initial entry list of forty-two new vehicles from all over the world,
then a short list of ten finalists, the top contenders for the overall 2013
World Car of the Year title have been revealed. "In the voting for this year's
WCOTY award, we saw a very closely fought race which resulted in not three,
but four finalists!" explained World Car Awards co-chair, Peter Lyon.

They are, in alphabetical order by manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz A-Class,
Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota
86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen Golf.

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen is in the top three
position and the fourth time since 2009. The Volkswagen UP! was the 2012
World Car of the Year.

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become
available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning
January 1, 2012 and ending May 30, 2013.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of
sixty-six top-level automotive journalists from twenty-three countries around
the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on
the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence.
Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as
part of their professional work.All hold significant stature within their
own regions and countries.

World Performance Car
The top three finalists for the 2013 World Performance Car award are, in
alphabetical order:  the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Porsche Boxster / Cayman and
the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86.

This is the seventh time out of eight that Porsche has secured a top three
position. The Porsche 911 won last year's World Performance Car title. It is
the second time for Ferrari.The Ferrari 458 Italia won the 2011 World
Performance Car award.

While the winner of the overall World Car award must excel in a broad range of
attributes, the World Performance Car award must demonstrate a specific and
overt sports/performance orientation while satisfying the same availability
criteria as for the overall World Car of the Year award.

Entrants may be chosen from that list of eligible vehicles, or they may be
newly introduced variants that satisfy the same criteria, but are derived from
existing rather than brand-new models. In all cases, they must have a minimum
annual production rate of five-hundred (500) vehicles.

World Green Car
The World Green Car award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation (Japan).
Ryoji Yamada, General Manager of Brand Management said, "We are very pleased
and honoured to sponsor the 2013 World Green Car award. The environment is
everyone's responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we
take this responsibility very seriously. We believe it is our mission to
serve society with superior quality... not just with eco-friendly products but
also in the way we produce those products and the way in which we support our
many communities with environ mentally-friendly activities such as wildlife
habitats and our Lake Biwa initiative in Japan."

Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, five green experts
were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all
documentation and specs associated with each candidate. They then create a
short-list of finalists for review by the sixty-six (66) jurors in their
second round of voting in February. The five green experts were in
alphabetical order: Phil Berg (USA -, Richard Bremner
(U.K. -, Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany -, Tadashi Tateuchi (Japan – Japan Electric Vehicle
Club) and John Voelcker (USA -

The sixty-six member jury chose the following top three finalists for the 2013
World Green Car award:  the Renault Zoe, the Tesla Model S and the Volvo V60
Plug-in Hybrid.

World Car Design of the Year
Cars eligible for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from
the list of World Car candidates or they may be included as a stand-alone
entry provided the vehicle is introduced and available for sale in at least
one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May
30th, 2013.

A design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts was
asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of
recommendations for the jurors. The design experts were: Masatsugu Arimoto
(Japan), Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy), Gernot Bracht (Germany), Sam Livingstone
(UK) and Tom Matano (USA). Jurors then voted on the experts' recommendations.

The top three design finalists as chosen by the jurors are, in alphabetical
order:  the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Jaguar F-Type and the Mazda6. Aston
Martin previously won the 2011 World Car Design of the Year award for the
Aston Martin Rapide.

About the World Car Awards
Now in their ninth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the
world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004,
to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and
reward automotive excellence on an international scale.The awards are
intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car
of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of
a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe,
and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the
co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford
(U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors.
There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any
publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy is the World Car Awards' research partner. The
company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global
automotive media coverage.

For additional informationvisit our web site (

PRIME Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy, has joined forces with the World Car Awards to
provide strategic studies in the fields of automotive assessment criteria and
automotive awards. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the
automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture
approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and SWOT analyses on
over 100 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard
in automotive media research.

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire
and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of
applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products,
which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its
products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
Showcasing the latest automotive trends, the 2013 New York International Auto
Show will unveil an extensive collection of the most technologically advanced
vehicles on display anywhere in the world. More than four floors of displays,
including the new Javits Center North exhibition hall, will house nearly 1,000
stunning new 2013/2014 vehicles as well as sensational futuristic concept
cars. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers

Important Show Information:Press Days: March 27 & 28, Public Show Dates:
March 29^th – April 7^th
Show Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.Sundays: 10 a.m. - 7
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For a list of past World Car Awards winners, please visit our web site:

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