The jurors’ next step is to re-evaluate the “top ten” cars in both classes, in preparation for a final round of voting in February. They will specifically rate each vehicle in terms of overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. KPMG will again tabulate the vote results; then announce the top three finalists on March 9, 2009.
Finalists in the World Car Design of the Year category are handled quite differently. A panel of four highly respected world design experts assists the jurors by developing for them a short list of recommendations taken from the array of entries in the 2009 World Car of the Year category. The design experts are (in alpha order): Silvia Baruffaldi: Managing Editor, Auto & Design magazine; Robert Cumberford: design critic, Automobile and Auto & Design magazines; Akira Fujimoto: Editor-in-Chief, Car Styling magazine and Tom Matano: Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA. The fifty-nine jurors then choose the 2009 World Car Design of the Year winner from this short list when they vote in February. The top three contenders will also be announced by KPMG on March 9, 2009.
Source: Fourtitude, picture by Audi