• Nov 9, 2010
While it may seem like every magazine worth its bar-code is clamoring to select its own Car of the Year, over in Europe things are a bit more civilized. Seven publications from seven different countries get together each year to nominate their collective Car of the Year, speaking in one united voice.

The process takes place over the course of months. First comes the nominees, then the finalists and ultimately the solitary winner. The super best-friends have just arrived at that middle step, announcing the finalists for 2011, and as in years past, it's heavily loaded with European vehicles, but the list is not without its novelty.

The finalists came down to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroën C3/DS3, Renault/Dacia Duster, Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max, Nissan Leaf, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva and Volvo S60/V60. The Alfa's nomination comes exactly a decade after its predecessor, the 147, took the award upon its launch. The Leaf represents the first time an electric vehicle has made it this far in the selection process. And the budget Dacia's selection is of course highly symbolic of the economic climate from which most of the world is only beginning to recuperate. The winner will be announced on November 29, so stay tuned.

[Source: Car of the Year]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Alfa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was passing time by checking out all the past winners. There are some pretty lame cars that made #1... Renault Megane Scenic to name one example. But then again we don't have this car here in the states. Are we missing out?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current Scenic is a very safe car with a brilliant chassis and an enormous amount of versatility from a car of this size - simply let down by sub-par build quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Scenic pioneered the C-segment MPV segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "simply let down by sub-par build quality."
        Wrong, the Scenic 3 (unlike previous gen) built & finish quality deserves high praise. And European press share my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That does not imrove the car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Alfa Romeo Giulietta!!
      Alfa Romeo Giulietta!!
      Alfa Romeo Giulietta!!
      Alfa Romeo Giulietta!!

      (although that Citroën is pretty funky...)
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good news everyone! The Dacia Duster is a finalist in some list!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Giulietta clinch the title - Italian hatchbacks have a long reputation of receiving COTY awards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That list is a joke....absolutely toopid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh don't really care for most of the cars on this list, I would like to see the Volvo win it though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Opel Meriva for the win.
      By the way, two years ago, the Opel Insignia (-> Buick Regal in the States) won the European Car of the Year award.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Giulietta clinch the title - Italian hatchbacks have a long reputation of receiving COTY awards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Leaf is the only one which really deserves that prize.
      All the other cars are just regular, with the Leaf we got some game changing tech on hand. They should be awarded for going the way instead of just presenting mindblowing concepts on autoshows which are avaible in maybe 10 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think winner comes from Leaf,Giulietta or DS3. Leaf (electric) and Giulietta (multiair,best new engine award) has most new technigues. If you see the criterias:"design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, and price. Technical innovation and value for money are particularly important factors." I would say Giulietta is very strong here, its also the most safest compact car ever tested by NCAP. Im not sure if its time yet for electric car, maybe...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan Leaf seams pretty strong over other cars. You know, global warming...
        • 4 Years Ago
        No I don't think that way, why are you making that up?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not just about technology, it's more than just that. It's about the best car in general, driving comfort, economy, design and technology.

        You seem to think this is some kind of technological achievement prize.
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