For this year’s award for the “European Car of the Year”, 35 candidates are eligible and will participate in the voting process. Just like in the last editions of this award, in order to become eligible the car has to be available now or before the end of the year in at least 5 European countries. Each of these vehicles must have a prospect of at least 5,000 annual sales.
The votes will be casted in two stages by 59 journalists that come from 23 European countries and on January 9th next year they will reveal the short list which will consist of only 7 nominees. The winner will be announced in March.
The organizers of this event have decided to modify the procedure in which they make the announcement of the winner as instead of revealing the results in the last part of November, the organizers have reach an agreement with the people who are in charge of the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the winner in Palexpo each Monday, before the first press day, at 2 PM.
If you remember, the winner last year was the highly acclaimed Nissan Leaf while for this year’s edition, the 35 cars that will battle to grab the award are:
Audi A6 Audi Q3 BMW 1-Series BMW 6-Series Chevrolet Aveo Chevrolet Orlando Citroen DS4 Citroen DS5 Fiat Panda Ford Focus Honda Civic Hyundai i40 Hyundai Veloster Kia Picanto Kia Rio Lancia Ypsilon Lexus GS Mazda CX-5 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Mercedes-Benz ML-Class Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt Opel Zafira Tourer Peugeot 508 Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Porsche 911 Ranger Rover Evoque Renault Kangoo Z.E. Renault Fluence Z.E. Ssangyong Korando Toyota Verso S/Subaru Trezia Toyota Yaris Volkswagen Beetle Volkswagen Jetta
Champagne and cookies for everyone at Volkswagen as the company has just receive the 2010 European Car of the Year award for its Polo compact hatchback. The small German model has inched away from the Toyota iQ and won the prestigious award.
The competition was tough to say the least, and although we had our money on the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra to step into the shoes of its bigger brother and last year’s winner, the Insignia, the Polo seems like a good choice.
Here is the final list, as voted by almost 60 automotive journalists from the old continent:
1. Volkswagen Polo 347 points 2. Toyota iQ 337 points 3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra 221 points 4. Skoda Yeti 158 points 5. Mercedes-Benz E-class 155 points 6. Peugeot 3008 144 points
7. Citroen C3 Picasso 113 points
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While Car of the Year competitions may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they are definitely a sign that its participants do offer some of the best experiences you can have on four wheels.
We’ve already revealed the list of finalists for the North American car and truck of the year competitions, and now the European version of the contest has also chosen its seven cars which will fight over the Car of the Year award.
They are: -Citroën C3 Picasso -Mercedes-Benz E-class -Opel/Vauxhall Astra -Peugeot 3008 -Skoda Yeti -Toyota iQ
There will be 58 jurors from 22 countries, who will cast their vote until November 27 and proclaim the winner on November 30.
Considering both the fact that last year’s winner was the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, and that our own Car of the Year contest held in Romania (at which our sister site AutoMOD participated) chose the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, the German model is a safe bet for this year’s competition.
What’s your favorite model out of these seven? Leave a comment with your pick.
Finally, some good news for GM. The new sedan from Opel won this year’s European Car of the Year award, but it was a close one, the Insignia beating the Ford Fiesta by only 1 point (321 points, comparing to Fiesta’s 320 points). Out of the seven finalists, the Insignia received 20 first place votes out of 59 compared to 19 received by the Fiesta. This is the first time an Opel car wins this award, but it has been runner-up four times, for example, in 2007, the new Corsa losing by just 2 points to the Ford S-Max. This year’s podium was completed by Volkswagen’s new Golf VI. And here are all the seven finalists and their scores:
1. Opel/ Vauxhall Insignia – 321 points 2. Ford Fiesta – 320 points 3. Volkswagen Golf VI – 223 points 4. Citroen C5 – 198 points 5. Alfa Romeo MiTo – 148 points 6. Skoda Superb – 144 points
7. Renault Megane – 121 points
Because the candidates for European “Car of the Year” were officially announced, we invite you, AutoUnleashed readers, to vote the car you think it should win this award. To spice it up, we also decided to give away some prizes: three diecast cars and a lot of T-shirts for our luckiest readers.
All you have to do is vote for your favorite car from the list and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and drop a comment. Please don’t forget to drop the comment, or else we won’t be able to contact you for your prize if you win (do not panic if you don’t see the comment right away, because we have to moderate it first, to prevent spam).
Here is the official list of the cars which will compete for the 2008 European “Car of the Year” award. The jury, which features 58 journalists from 22 countries across Europe will announce the winner on November 19th with the trophy presentation planned to take place in Hamburg in January. There’s some tough competition there, but our money goes on the new Ford Mondeo, which is a brilliant car and would deserve the award.
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