Not to be outdone by the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards held at this month’s Detroit Auto Show, the organizers of April’s New York Auto Show have started to pool together the finalists for its annual World Car of the Year awards. This is only the third time the event is being run and just like last year and the one that preceded it some of the choices for the finalists are a little dubious.

Once again the vehicles are divided up into ‘Best Car’ and ‘Best Performance Car’ segments, with each category containing ten vehicles picked from an original list of 39 entrants. Judging the event in April will be a team comprised of 47 automotive journalists from across 23 countries, and to be eligible cars must be in production and sold in at least five countries on two continents. Follow the jump to see the list of finalists for this year’s awards.

World Car - Top Ten Finalists in alphabetical order:

Audi A5/S5

Audi R8

Cadillac CTS

Ford Mondeo

Ford S-Max

Mazda2 Demio

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Nissan Qashqai/Dualis

Nissan Skyline Coupe/Infiniti G37 Coupe

Volvo C30

World Performance Car - Top Ten Finalists in alphabetical order:

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Audi R8

Audi S5


Honda Civic Type R

Maserati GranTurismo

Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

Renault Clio F1 Team R27