Mike Stevens | Feb 5, 2010

AROUND THIS TIME each year, World Car of the Year (WCOTY) - judged by a panel of journalists drawn from around the world - reveals its list of ten finalists in three categories.

Accordingly, WCOTY has this week announced the top ten finalists for World Car of the Year, World Performance Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.

world-car-of-the-year The WCOTY programme has been running since 2005 and has since become one of the most prized awards in the global automotive industry.

The criteria for eligibility is long and varied. Crucial among them is that the cars must be available in at least five countries on at least two continents, before January 1 of the year of the award.

From all of the cars that fill that bucket - and there are many - the WCOTY panel has drawn the following three lists.

 

2010 World Car of the Year

 

2010 World Performance Car of the Year

 

2010 World Green Car of the Year

From the above groups, the top three finalists for each award will be announced at next month's Geneva Motor Show. The following month, the final winners of the 2010 World Car of the Year Awards will be announced at the New York Motor Show.

On the performance of years past, WCOTY has a little more credibility than the Eurovision Song Contest, but not a lot more.

Looking at the listed finalists, which do you think will take out the awards? Let us know in the comments below.

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