The shortlist of cars to make the 2011 World Car of the Year contest have been announced. The six finalists in the World Green Car category are: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics EditionChevrolet VoltHyundai Sonata HybridMercedes-Benz B-Class F-CellNissan LEAFSmart electric driveEligible cars had to be all-new or substantially revised, in production and on sale, or have at least 10 units on public lease, in a minimum of one major market between January 1, 2010 and May 30, 2011. Emissions, fuel consumption and the use of engine technology designed to reduce the vehicle’s impact on the environment were taken into consideration. A range of VW BlueMotion models was the combined winner in 2010. The short list for the World Car Design of the Year award was also presented. They are:Alfa Romeo GiuliettaAston Martin RapideAudi A7Citroen DS3Ferrari 458Honda CR-ZKia Sportage Nissan JukeThe design finalists were chosen from a list of 51 candidates introduced and on sale in at least one major market during the evaluation period. The innovation and style that pushed established boundaries were considered in compiling this shortlist.The most recent winner of this award was the Chevrolet Camaro in 2010.Sixty-six international automotive journalists had a hand in selecting what are, perhaps, the two hottest categories - 2011 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car of the Year. The World Car finalists are:Audi A1Audi A8BMW 5 SeriesBMW X3Jaguar XJJeep Grand CherokeeMercedes-Benz SLSNissan LEAFPorsche CayenneVolvo S60 / V60The winner in 2010 was the VW Polo. The World Performance Car finalists are:Aston Martin RapideAudi RS 5 CoupeCadillac CTS-V CoupeFerrari 458 ItaliaLamborghini Gallardo SuperleggeraMercedes-Benz S63 / CL 63 AMGMercedes-Benz SLS AMGPorsche 911 GT2RSPorsche 911 TurboRenault Megane III / Renault SportThe Audi R8 V10 was the 2010 World Performance Car of the Year. The top three finalists in each category will be announced on March 1, 2011 at the opening of the Geneva auto show. Winners will be announced at the New York auto show on April 21, 2011.