Judges for the 2013 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year awards have whittled potential candidates to a new shortlist, announced today.
With the Golf already announced as this year's European Car of the Year, Volkswagen could soon add a second major award to its cabinet in the space of just one month.
If the Volkswagen marque takes the award again this year, it will follow a big win in 2012 with its tiny Up! hatch.
Surviving the culling of the World Performance Car of the Year category is Ferrari's F12 Berlinetta, while the fan-favourite Boxster/Cayman and 86/BRZ models make a second appearance.
As an affordable sports car produced by a pair of Japanese marques with strong reputations, we could see the Toyota and Subaru coupes take wins in both categories - a feat that no car has accomplished since the award's 2005 inauguration.
Note: TMR's earlier European Car of the Yeart article described the new Golf as the World Car of the Year. This error has been corrected and we apologise for any confusion.