2011 World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

After Nissan's all-electric vehicle Leaf managed to win the European Car of the Year award, everybody's expecting for the jury of the World Car of the Year competition to announce the big winner.

Well, before the moment we're all expecting for, the 66 members of the jury today unveiled the list of the 10 finalists, with the three models to fight for the title to be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 1, during a press conference co-hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show.

And because we're talking about the New York International Auto Show, the winner of the 2011 World Car of the Year will be announced at the American venue on Thursday, April 21.

Here's the list of the 10 finalists still in the race for the 2011 World Car of the Year title:

* Audi A1
* Audi A8
* BMW 5 Series
* BMW X3
* Jaguar XJ
* Jeep Grand Cherokee
* Mercedes-Benz SLS
* Nissan LEAF
* Porsche Cayenne
* Volvo S60 / V60

What could be by far considered the biggest surprise of the contest is the fact that Chevrolet's Volt is not one of the finalists, although General Motors has invested tons of money into what it calls the company's flagship model.

And even if it reached the top 10 through three of the group's models (Audi A1, Audi A8 and Porsche Cayenne), Volkswagen is out of the race, after two consecutive years in which it managed to snatch the grand prize with Polo in 2010 and Golf in 2009.
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