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What is the best car in the world?

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(Read caption) A man wears a shirt with vehicle prints as he rides an escalator during a press preview at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in New York.

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Not to be outdone by the more established North American Car Of The Year And European Car Of The Year awards, the World Car Of The Year award is starting to gain prominence in the auto show arena despite being the relative newcomer. The award event is now entering its 10th year and will culminate at the 2014 New York Auto Show next April where the winners for the respective World, Performance, Design And Green categories will be announced.

Today, an initial list of 30 candidates has been revealed, which already has some standouts but sadly appears to have a lack of serious performance contenders. For the World category, we’d pick the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Range Rover Sport as strong contenders while in the Performance category we’d give the nod to either the Jaguar F-Type or Porsche Cayman.

We’re not doing to the judging, however. That task will be taken care of by dozens of jurors representing more than 20 countries. To be eligible, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending May 30, 2014.


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