• Nov 12th 2008 at 9:32AM
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The panel of 59 automotive journalists which decide each year's European Car of the Year have narrowed down their selection from the initial list of 38 contenders to just seven finalists, which have now been announced. Along the way, some noteworthy new vehicles have been forsaken, among them the new Audi A4, BMW 7 Series, Honda Accord, Jaguar XF and Volkswagen Scirocco, but not everyone could make the short-list. Otherwise it wouldn't be a short list.

The finalists for the coveted prize includes the Alfa Romeo MiTo, Citroen C5, Ford Fiesta, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Renault Megane, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Golf. It's worth noting that previous versions of the Megane took home the trophy in their hatchbacks twice since the contest was instituted thirteen years ago. Fiat and Alfa Romeo, meanwhile, have won it six times. We'll see who takes home the prize for 2009, with the winner scheduled for release in just over a week on November 19.

[Source: CarScoop]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago

      The only one that really deserves it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      id go with the the insignia
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unquestionable winner: Dacia Sandero !!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right, moving on...
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the COTY site there are 37 cars on the long list, not 38 (no Fiat Linea, thanks god).
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Along the way, some noteworthy new vehicles have been forsaken"

      Honda Accord?!?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        that one aint very european, now is it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What is so incredible about that? The new Euro-Accord is a very decent car, both the sedan and the wagon, and the 2.2l diesel engines are very highly rated (the predecessor 2.2l iCTDI was engine of the year in 2000something).

        And the European Car of the Year doesn't have to be european either - it's just chosen by Europeans ;).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have picked the A4, but it's not on the list.
      The Ford Fiesta is noteworthy due to its American introduction, but I don't think it's very groundbreaking in the European market (aside from the more dynamic styling). I would go with Insignia because it is WORLDS better than the Vectra.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Golf over Scirocco??? They must be blind judges or engineers.

      I would vote for the Insignia, of those on the list.
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