2009 World Car of the Year finalists revealed

The 2009 New York Auto Show is about 2 months away and the Top 10 (there are actually 11 so we’re guessing the officials messed up a little here) Finalists for the World Car of Year have been announced. The beloved Korean Hyundai Genesis did not make it on the list and we can see at least four cars on the list that we would replace with the Genesis.

Our likes include the Nissan GT-R, Audi A4, Jaguar XF, Ford Fiesta and the Toyota iQ.

Follow the jump to see the list and let us know which are your favorites.

The 2009 World Car finalists are:

Audi A4 / Avant
BMW 7 Series
Citroen C5 Sedan / C5 Tourer
Fiat 500
Ford Fiesta
Honda Fit / Jazz
Jaguar XF
Mazda Atenza / Mazda6
Nissan GT-R
Toyota iQ
Volkswagen Golf VI

Vehicles are selected and voted on by a volunteer jury of close to 50 distinguished automotive journalists representing many of the world’s most renowned automotive outlets. All jurors hold significant stature with their own regions and countries, which include: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

The jurors’ next step is narrowing the top ten field to the top three, which will be announced March 9. Today’s top ten announcement includes 11 vehicles because two of the vehicles are tied for a spot.

The overall 2009 World Car of the Year as well as the winners of the World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will be declared on April 9, 2009 during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show.

Visit www.wcoty.com for more information on the 2009 World Car of the Year Awards. For Auto Show updates, go to www.autoshowNY.com.