World Car of the Year Awards Honor Performance, Innovation and Style
By KBB.com Editors on December 1, 2008 3:53 PMForty-seven journalists from 24 countries picked both the entries and winners in the fourth annual World Car of the Year Awards. BMW's diesel-powered 118d with Efficient Dynamics engineering won the green award, while Audi's brilliant R8 took top honors in both the design and performance categories ( Audi won the same awards last year for the TT and RS4). But it was the fun and efficient Mazda2/Demio -- a Honda Fit competitor that isn't currently sold in the U.S. -- that took first place. The Mazda beat out Mercedes-Benz's new C-Class and Volvo's C30 for top World Car of the Year honors.