Wheels Car of the Year 2012: Finalists

There are more shocks than you'd get from licking a police Taser in the list of this year's finalists for the prestigious Wheels Car of the Year award.

The top-10 list of finalists has been selected from 27 eligible cars and is published in the December issue of Wheels magazine, on sale today.

Perhaps the biggest shock inclusion is Holden's radical new hybrid/range extender Volt, which has both a plug-in electric motor and a petrol engine, which never directly drives the wheels and is used only to recharge the electric batteries.

The finalists will be judged on functionality, technology, efficiency, safety and value, with the winner to be unveiled on December 17.

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