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The European car market is filled with all sorts of interesting models that we only wish we had Stateside, and every year our counterparts across the pond pick the best with the European Car of the Year awards. Last year Ford's S-Max, the minivan that makes grocery runs exciting, won the citation, preceeded by the new Renault Clio in 2006 and the greentastic Toyota Prius before it.

The gaggle must have had a real challenge this year, but managed to narrow down the field to seven nominees out of a total 33 contenders. While you may not be surprised to see the likes of the SsangYong Actyon and Daihatsu Materia cut from the list, Lexus and Audi might feel a bit differently about their LS600h and A5, respectively.

In the end, the Fiat 500, Ford Mondeo, Kia cee'd, Mazda2, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 308 will be holding the stage on November 19 when the envelope is opened, and with such stiff competition, this year they're bound to have a real winner on their hands. Watch this space in six week's time to see which one takes the crown.

[Source: CarOfTheYear.org]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fiat 500 is such a neat little package, how could it not win?
      • 7 Years Ago
      don't think the 500 is based on the panda, thought it was a new platform. anyway, the mondeo will win i think
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure it's got Panda underpinnings. I think the judges will be swayed by the 500's character.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want the Fiat 500 to win. It's based on the Panda (which won in 2004) and looks a lot better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be mildly surprise if the Mondeo didn't win.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is going to be a close competition.

      Maybe if the Mondeo wins we'll be able to buy it here as a Mercury soon?

      Yea right, but it's still a nice thought.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My money is on the Mondeo. God, that's a beautiful car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 500 IS based on the Panda.

      The Mondeo is a fine car, but now they are everywhere I can't see what all the fuss was about - just another anonymous, if very well engineered, big car amongst all the others. I reckon it'll be the 500, because of its 5* safety (difficult in small car), the economy, the performance, and the fact that it is just so very desirable and appropriate in a world of diminishing resources.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe the FIAT is going to win. The mondeo is great but since last year it was a Ford I don´t believe they are going to win twice.