Ford, Toyota and VW show the world their best and brightest offerings. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2009_Ford_Fiesta_-_Production_version_rear_Quarter_Profile.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – April 5, 2009 US based 2010 Ford Fiesta 5-door – Under the US guise, less than $14K to start and should provide 35 + mpgUS combined. New York, NY. -- The 2009 World Car Awards winners' press conference at the New York International Auto Show is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2009. Announcing the annual World Car of the Year awards at the New York show is a fitting finale to the International Auto Show season that begins each fall with either the Paris and/or Frankfurt motor shows. From an initial entry list of fifty-one (51) all-new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten finalists, the top three contenders for the 2009 World Car of the Year title was announced today the international accounting firm KPMG. Included in the elite list was three vehicles not available in the US but proven both in the hands of journalists and the consumer world wide. Meaning everywhere else 2009 World Car of the Year finalists Ford Fiesta Toyota iQ Volkswagen Golf VI To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the contender had to be in production and available to the average consumer on at least two continents during 2008. Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of fifty-nine (59) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-five (25) countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Three additional winners for the World Performance Car, World Green Car and the World Car Design of the Year will also be announced at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 9, 2009. To be eligible for the 2009 World Green Car of the Year award, a vehicle had to be available in at least one major market during 2008. The vehicle or the green technology could be in production or an experimental prototype with potential near-future application, provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2008. Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle's environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration. Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, three (3) green experts were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate. They were asked to create a short-list of five finalists for review by the fifty-nine (59) jurors in their second round of voting in February. The fifty-nine (59) member jury chose the following top three finalists for the 2009 World Green Car of the Year award include the following: Honda FCX Clarity Mitsubishi iMiEV Toyota iQ Top Three finalists for the 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award, presented by Mobil1, include the following: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Nissan GT-R Porsche 911 Carrera Now in their sixth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the most prestigious, significant, and credible programs of their type in the world. 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. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.