Steane Klose | Jan 28, 2009

If you're looking for a good time-waster over lunch, then we've got just the thing. The top ten finalists competing for World Car of the Year have been announced. Trying to pick a clear winner from the list will be about as easy as convincing the government to drop just one of the taxes on fuel.

There are actually eleven cars on the list - two are tied for a position - which includes vehicles of all shapes, sizes, budgets, and performance credentials. It's not often to you see a Fiat 500 being compared to a BMW 7 Series.

Here's the full list, which has been selected by a panel of around 50 leading automotive journos from all over the world.

  • Audi A4 / Avant
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer
  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda Fit / Jazz
  • Jaguar XF
  • Mazda Atenza / Mazda6
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Toyota iQ
  • Volkswagen Golf VI

Come March 9th, the judging panel will whittle the list down to just three contenders. An overall winner will be announced on April 9th at the New York International Motor Show

The winner for World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year will also be announced then, with some entrants likely to be in the running for more than one award.

Now for the big question, which car should get the coveted title of World Car of the Year? (Try not to come to blows in settling the 'discussion'. It's a bad look in the lunch room.) We've got our own thoughts but some of you might know where we live so we'll politely decline further comment. For further information you can visit www.wcoty.com

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