World Car of the Year nominees
Finalists for the World Car of the Year award have been announced with the field whittle down to just ten competitors.
The final three will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show later in the year before the winner is eventually unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on 21 April.
A jury of 66 international automotive journalists selected the top ten cars and the shortlist has an undeniably German feel.
Of the ten finalists, six entrants are from Germany while only the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Nissan Leaf are non-European.
The awards have traditionally been a stronghold for German manufacturers with four of the previous six winners coming from the European country.
World Car of the Year Finalists
- Audi A1
- Audi A8
- BMW 5 Series
- BMW X3
- Jaguar XJ
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Mercedes-Benz SLS
- Nissan LEAF
- Porsche Cayenne
- Volvo S60/ V60
Volkswagen has been the proud owner of the award for the past two years for the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2009 however the Wolfsburg-based marque has been overlooked for the 2011 title.
The accolade is one of the most coveted awards in the automotive industry and the potential winner will be hoping for an increase in sales on the back of the success.
The title often leads to a number of eager dealers looking to cash in on the publicity garnered by the announcement meaning customers can look forward to Audi A1 deals if the highly-coveted compact hatchback claims the title.