Fifty nine automotive journalists from around the world, including South Africa, selected the finalists for this year's World Car of the Year awards.
The shortlist for 2009 includes a list of 11 cars.
1. Audi A4 / Avant
2. BMW 7 Series
3. Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer
4. Fiat 500
5. Ford Fiesta
6. Honda Jazz
7. Jaguar XF
9. Nissan GT-R
10. Toyota iQ
11. Volkswagen Golf VI
The World Performance Car will be chosen from the following:
1. Audi RS6 Avant
2. BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
3. Corvette ZR1
4. Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
5. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
6. Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
7. Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
8. Nissan GT-R
9. Porsche 911 Carrera
10. Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Jurors will next have to re-evaluate the top cars in each class ahead of the final round of voting in February.
Here each vehicle will evaluated on its overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal and significance.
The top three finalists in each category, including the World Car Design and World Green Car, will be revealed on March 9.
Winners will be announced at the New York Motor Show on April 9.