The panel of judges has to select between the Ford Mondeo, Mazda2 (a.k.a. Mazda Demio), and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Last year, Lexus took home the World Car of the Year title with its LS 460, and this year the panel of judges has to select between the Ford Mondeo, Mazda2 (a.k.a. Mazda Demio), and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The three were chosen from the initial list of top ten finalists, which includes the Audi A5/S5, Audi R8, Cadillac CTS, Ford S-Max, Infiniti G37 Coupe, Nissan Qashqai, and Volvo C30. The award is scheduled to be announced at the New York Auto Show on March 20th.

To those who were expecting one of the above seven to win, there are also other minor-league awards such as the World Performance Car, World Green Car, and the World Car Design of the Year titles.

The three finalists for the World Performance Car award are the Audi R8, Audi S5 Coupé, and BMW M3. The three finalists for the World Green Car award are the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics, SmartForTwo cdi, and Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI. The three finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award are the Audi R8, Mazda2 (a.k.a. Mazda Demio), and Volvo C30.

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