World Car winners to be announced at the New York International Auto Show

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When you read the lineup for the World Car awards finalists, you’ll understand — they don’t call the New York International Auto Show an international show for nothing. Most of the domestics, unfortunately, had to stay home for this one. But the Tesla Model S, which has been extremely popular at the auto shows this year, stands out in this crowd. At least in the Green category.  The coveted 2013 “World Car” Awards will be handed out at a media breakfast and press conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

The World Car of the Year Awards were established in 2003 to reflect the truly global nature of the 21st-century automotive business and, at the same time, recognize and reward automotive excellence on a global scale.

Here are the finalists for 2013:

2013 World Car of the Year:  Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86 and the Volkswagen Golf

2013 World Green Car:  Renault Zoe, the Tesla Model S and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

2013 World Performance Car:  Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86

2013 World Car Design of the Year: Aston Martin Vanquish, the Jaguar F-Type and the Mazda6.

Check here tomorrow for the winners.

2013 New York International Auto Show

2013 New York International Floorplan -- Level One

2013 New York International Floorplan — Level One

2013 New York International Floorplan -- Level Three

2013 New York International Floorplan — Level Three

2013 New York International Floorplan -- Level Four

2013 New York International Floorplan — Level Four

2013 New York International Floorplan -- North Concourse

2013 New York International Floorplan — North Concourse

2013 New York International Floorplan -- North Hall

2013 New York International Floorplan — North Hall

2013 New York International Floorplan -- South Concourse

2013 New York International Floorplan — South Concourse

2013 New York International Floorplan -- Crystal Palace

2013 New York International Floorplan — Crystal Palace

In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage. In the last decade, the Show has boosted the number of new vehicle announcements, broken attendance figures, and increased media attention to extraordinary levels.

Combined with the City’s energy, and the fact that metro New York is one of the nation’s largest markets for new car and truck sales, the Show is now one of the most important automotive events in the world.

In addition to its place as one of the world’s greatest public shows, NYIAS has expanded its range of world-class trade and industry events. Today, nearly 100 individual events, conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties take place during the Show’s press preview week – in addition to the more than two dozen press conferences hosted by the automakers.

No other event brings the business, consumer and lifestyle press, Wall Street’s financial community, the marketing and advertisers of Madison Avenue, and the nation’s largest and most diverse metropolitan population together in such a unique way.

The Show offers virtually every make and model vehicle sold in the U.S. under one roof giving consumers the unique opportunity to see everything the auto industry has to offer. From fuel-sipping economy cars to million dollar supercars, NYIAS has something for everyone.

So come for a visit, and see what’s driving you!