The World Touring Car Championship will adopt the same points system as Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship for the 2010 season.
The winner will now receive 25 points, continuing with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 for 10th place.
The system applies to both the first race of the WTCC weekend and the second, top eight reverse-grid race.
The series has also confirmed the base weights for each of the cars for the first two rounds of the season in Brazil and Mexico.
SEAT Leon TDi 1170kg
BMW 320si 1155kg
Chevrolet Cruze 1150kg
SEAT Leon 1150kg
Chevrolet Lacetti 1140kg