It's getting to be that time of the year when jurists select their favorites for the various Car of the Year awards. And so, hot on the heels of the announced list of nominees for the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards comes the roster of candidates for the 2010 European Car of the Year awards.

For those unfamiliar, the European COTY award is a joint effort between several automotive publications across Europe that banded together way back in 1964 to select their one favorite. England's Autocar, Italy's Auto, Spain's Autopista, Holland's Autovisie, France's L'Automobile, Germany's Stern and Sweden's Vi Bilagare all contribute jurists who take several months to narrow down the list of eligible candidates to a seven-car shortlist before picking their choice for the year.

Although it doesn't have any nominees in the field this year, Fiat has won the award nine times (plus two for Alfa Romeo and another for Lancia). Recent winners have included the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Fiat 500, Ford S-Max and Renault Clio. Follow the jump to view the list of this year's candidates and stay tuned for the seven-car shortlist before the winner will be announced on November 30.

[Source: CarOfTheYear.org]


Candidates for 2010 European Car of the Year:

  • BMW Z4
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Citroen C3 Picasso
  • Ford Ka
  • Honda Insight
  • Hyundai i20
  • Hyundai ix55
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Soul
  • Land Rover Discovery IV
  • Lexus RX 450h
  • Mazda3
  • Mercedes E-Class
  • Mitsubishi Colt
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Nissan Cube
  • Opel/Vauxhall Astra
  • Peugeot 3008
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Renault Scenic
  • Seat Exeo
  • Skoda Yeti
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo
  • Toyota Avensis
  • Toyota iQ
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Urban Cruiser
  • Toyota Verso
  • Volkswagen Polo