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Running since 2005, the event is presided over by a group of international motoring journalists and includes separate categories for overall best car, best design, best performance car and best green car.
Judging the competition this year will be more than 60 journos, chosen on their respective levels of expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. As for the cars, to be eligible, they have to be available for sale this year in at least five countries on two continents.
The final winners in each respective category will be announced at the 2011 New York Auto Show this April, though the list of nominees will be whittled down to smaller finalist groups in the coming months.
Last year, the Volkswagen Polo took out the World Car of the Year title, while the World Performance Car crown went to the Audi R8 V-10. The additional World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards went to the Volkswagen BlueMotion range (Passat, Golf and Polo) and the Chevrolet Camaro, respectively.
Hit the following page to see the nominees for this year's awards.