GM Holden’s VE Commodore has been nominated for the prestigious World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards 2007 - the only Australian-made vehicle among the award's 28 nominees. Launched in January 2004 under the guidance of a Steering Committee of motoring journalists from around the world, the WCOTY winner is judged on criteria such as styling, performance, handling, comfort and utility. In addition, cars will be assessed with respect to value, safety and environmental responsibility, significance and their emotional appeal. The VE Commodore was nominated by the Australian WCOTY jury member and respected motoring journalist, Bill McKinnon. A new car must be available in a minimum of five countries spread over at least two continents to be eligible for World Car of the Year consideration. VE Commodore is available in Australia and has been exported to countries including New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Jordon, Lebanon, Oman, Fiji and South Africa. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, said the nomination reinforced VE Commodore’s status as a truly global car. “It’s an honour to have VE Commodore nominated the World Car of the Year. It is especially significant given our aim was to compete against some of the most expensive and most carefully crafted cars around the world," Mr Mooney said. "Careful consideration of global expectations and potential markets was always at the forefront of the design and engineering of VE Commodore.” The Award winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April 2007. For more information on the WCOTY Awards is www.wcoty.com Source - Holden Media Web Site.