In preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners’ press conference, a list of the top 10 finalists were presented by the World Car Awards group. For this year, the 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time on March 28, 2013 at the New York International Auto Show.

A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists in both categories by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe and the U.K., North America, Russia, as well as other parts of the world.

The 2013 World Car of the Year will be selected from the following top ten cars listed in alphabetical order:

  • Audi A3
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Mazda6
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Peugeot 208
  • Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volvo V40

The 2013 World Performance Car will be chosen from one of these top ten finalists:

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Audi RS 5
  • BMW M6 Coupe / Convertible
  • BMW M 135i
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
  • Porsche Boxster / Cayman
  • Renault Clio Sport
  • Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 / Toyota 86

The jurors’ next step is to re-evaluate these cars in both classes, in preparation for a final round of voting in February.  They will specifically rate each vehicle in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. The top three finalists in both categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 5th.

The 2013 World Green Car category is handled differently.  Five experts in “green” technology were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate on the list of nominees.  The experts then create a short-list of finalists for review by the sixty-six jurors in their second round of voting in February.  The finalists for 2013 are:

  • Renault Zoe
  • smart Electric Drive
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Diesel

Cars eligible for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car candidates or they may be included as a stand-alone entry provided the vehicle is introduced and available for sale in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May 30th, 2013.

Again, a design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors.The finalists they’ve chosen are:

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Renault Clio
  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Mazda 6
  • Volkswagen Golf

Previous World Car of the Year winners were the Volkswagen Up! in 2012, the Nissan LEAF in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, the Volkswagen Golf in 2009, the Mazda2 / Mazda Demio in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, and the BMW 3-Series in 2006.

Previous World Performance Car winners were the Porsche 911 in 2012, the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2011, the Audi R8 V10 in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.