10.03.2011 ALFA GIULIETTA AND FERRARI 458 ITALIA THROUGH TO FINALS IN WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR CATEGORIES

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Alfa Romeo's new Giulietta and Ferrari's 458 Italia are both through to the final shortlist of three for 2011 World Car Design of the Year while the Maranello machine is also through to the last stage of 2011 World Performance Car of the Year.

Alfa Romeo's new Giulietta and Ferrari's 458 Italia are both through to the final shortlist of three for 2011 World Car Design of the Year award while the Maranello high performance machine is also through to the last stage of 2011 World Performance Car of the Year.

However the Giulietta didn't make it through the last three finalists in the most important award of the contest, 2011 World Car of the Year. The final contenders for 2011 World Car of the Year award will be the Audi A8, the BMW 5 Series and the Nissan Leaf.

Meanwhile cars that are eligible for the 2011 World Car Design of the Year award are taken from the list of World Car of the Year award 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, 2010 and ending May 30th, 2011.

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 design experts were: Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan), Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy), Gernot Bracht (Germany), Sam Livingstone (UK) and Tom Matano (USA). Jurors then voted on the experts' recommendations and alongside the Giulietta and 458 Italia the final member of the trio going forward to the final showdown in this category was the Aston Martin Rapide.

The 458 Italia has made it a double by also making it through to the final three in the 2011 World Performance Car of the Year award category where it faces a showdown with two German rivals: Mercedes-Benz's SLS AMG and Porsche's 911 Turbo. While the winner of the overall 2011 World Car of the Year award must excel in a broad range of attributes, the 2011 World Performance Car of the Year award must demonstrate a specific and overt sports/performance orientation while satisfying the same availability criteria as for the overall World Car of the Year award.

Now in their seventh year, the annual World Car of the Year awards have grown in importance. The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs. The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America.  Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany) and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors.
 

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