European Car of the Year 2017: Shortlist revealed 0


The results are in!

The final shortlist for European Car of the Year 2017 has been released. The coveted motoring prize, with a jury panel featuring some of the most prominent motoring journalists from across the continent, will be awarded to one of seven contenders that have impressed over the past twelve months.

The seven shortlisted contenders for COTY 2017

In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Citroen C3
  • Mercedes E-Class
  • Nissan Micra
  • Peugeot 3008
  • Toyota C-HR
  • Volvo S90/V90

The award was originally established back in 1964, with the aim of finding a single decisive winner. There are no categories or class winners, and any model released commercially within the previous year can scoop the prize.

The current organisers of the gong are: Auto (Italy), Autocar (United Kingdom), Autopista (Spain), Autovisie (Netherlands), L,Automobile Magazine (France), Stern (Germany) and Vi Bilagare (Sweden).

The nominees are not restricted to European vehicles, but the entrees must be available in at least five different European countries, and have expected sales of 5,000 per annum.

The following criteria are considered: design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction and price. Technical innovation and value for money are also important factors.

A shortlist of seven cars is chosen by a simple vote. In the final round of voting, each member of the jury has 25 points to share among the finalists. Points must be distributed to at least five cars, with no more than ten to any one car, and no joint top marks. The voting is open, and each jury member provides published justification for their vote distribution.

Over the years, the decisiveness of the victory has varied greatly. In 1988, the Peugeot 405 triumphed by 212 points, the largest gap in the history of the European Car of the Year competition; the same feat happened again in 2013, as the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf won by the same points gap. In 2010 the Volkswagen Polo won by only 10 points, received maximum points from twenty-five jurors, and was the top choice of 59.

The Renault Clio (1991, 2006), Volkswagen Golf (1992, 2013), and Opel/Vauxhall Astra (1985, 2016), are the only cars to have won the award more than once. In November 2010, the Nissan Leaf became the first electric vehicle to win the award.

Whoever wins the prestigious prize will follow in the tyre tracks of last year’s illustrious winner: the Vauxhall/Opel Astra.

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