Weekly auto agenda: European car of the year

And world's biggest automakers prepare for the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

European Car of the Year announced
November 30
The 47th European Car of the Year will be chosen by representatives from seven prominent European car publications. Which car will be picked to follow the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, last year's winner? Will it be the Toyota Prius, which was elected Japanese Car of the Year on October 22? The trophy will be awarded in January to the winning manufacturer.

Los Angeles Auto Show
December 2-13
Los Angeles Convention Center
One of the world's most important auto events, the 2008 version displayed 23 world debuts, the most in the exhibition's history. The list of world and North American debuts for this year is still being finalized but the latest Ford Fiesta, which has topped the bestseller list in Europe this year, will no doubt make a big splash. General admission for the public begins December 4. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Website: http://www.laautoshow.com

2010 Green Car of The Year Award
December 3
This prestigious award will be announced the day after the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Five cars - three hybrids and two diesels - are in the running to follow the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel. The award is selected by an international jury panel in conjunction with Green Car Journal, a US-based quarterly publication that focuses on vehicles which use environmentally friendly technology.
Website: www.greencar.com

10th Dubai International Motor Show

December 16-20
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center
Held every two years, the largest international automotive event in the Middle East is expected to attract over 100,000 guests from 25 countries, with over 500 exhibitors. Major automakers such as Volkswagen, General Motors, Rolls Royce and others have large exhibitions planned, but the star may be the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gullwinged sports car. With a significant market for high-priced vehicles in the region many super-luxe cars are expected to be on display.
Website: http://www.dubaimotorshow.com

10th New Delhi Auto Show
January 5-11
Pragadi Maidan Expo Center
The biennial New Delhi Auto Show will draw nearly 1.8 million visitors to the subcontinent's premier motor exhibition. More than 2,100 exhibitors from 25 countries will showcase their wares as they vie for a niche in one of the largest underdeveloped car markets in the world. Two of the key unveilings at the biennial show will be Toyota's brand new small car dedicated to the Indian market as well as the debut of the Prius on the subcontinent.
Website: http://www.autoexpo.in

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