Geneva Motor Show 2011: World Car of the Year finalists named

Vehicles from Audi, BMW and Nissan have made the final shortlist for the World Car of the Year awards, which was announced March 1 in Geneva.

The Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan LEAF were announced as the finalists for the prestigious prize, which lauds the best new vehicle of the year and will be presented at the New York International Auto Show in April.

The three models were selected from a shortlist of 39 new vehicles from around the world by an international panel of 66 automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world.

It is the first time that an electric vehicle - the Nissan LEAF - has been a potential winner.

The three finalists for World Performance Car were also named as the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The overall winner in both categories will be announced April 21, 2011.

http://www.wcoty.com/

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