The 2011 World Touring Car Championship calendar was announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council today, with races in Argentina and China featuring for the first time.

As usual, the season will kick off in March at Curitiba and end on the streets of Macau in November. The Argentinean round will be held at Buenos Aires, while the Chinese venue is still to be announced, although it is expected to be at Guangdong.

Other changes include the Race of Japan moving from Okayama to Suzuka, the Portuguese round returning to Porto and Zolder being dropped after just one year.

The FIA have also announced that cars will be allowed to use their current specification of engines in 2011. This is despite the series adopting 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engines for next year. BMW, SEAT and Chevrolet are all known to be developing one of these new units.

2011 WTCC calendar:

20/03 Curitiba, Brazil
03/04 Buenos Aires, Argentina
15/05 Monza, Italy
05/06 Marrakech, Morocco
19/06 Brno, Czech Republic
03/07 Porto, Portugal
17/07 Brands Hatch, United Kingdom
31/07 Oschersleben, Germany
04/09 Valencia, Spain
23/10 Suzuka, Japan
05/11 TBA, China
20/11 Macau