Electric cars may have won the European Car of the Year award two years in a row now (Opel Ampera in 2012, and Nissan Leaf in 2011), we can say without reservation that the 2013 ECotY will be a petrol-burning, internal combustionizer. That's because not a single electric vehicle made it to the contest's final round. But eight other cars did.

At the top of the alphabetical list is Ford's Fiesta-based, B-Max MPV. Five doors, good ride and fuel-efficient, award-winning engine choices are some of the reasons it makes the list. Next is the Hyundai i30, known as the Elantra GT Stateside, with either five or three doors, a roomy cabin and a 1.6-liter CRDi engine. The nominating committee commends the handsome hatch for improved exterior aesthetics and a multilink suspension that "shows in ride and handling."

Mercedes gets the next spot with its hot hatch: the turbocharged A-Class, followed by another hatch, the Peugeot 208. The next finalist is from another marque we haven't seen in the States for quite some time – the fourth-generation Renault Clio, followed by the Subaru/Toyota dynamic duo of BRZ and the GT86. The last two contenders are the all-new Volkswagen Golf and the svelte Volvo V40.

The European Car of the Year will be announced in early March after the jury has tallied its votes.


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      SalihAhzem
      • 2 Years Ago
      This award is meaningless to me since they had declared Fiat Tipo as the winner back in 1989! Heck, they repeated the same mistake in '96 with its successor. I think nationalism is the one to blame. Just google the list of previous winners and you'll see what I mean, lots of Renaults, Fiats and Peugeots. My guess is Clio to be the winner this year.
      hhkarrol
      • 2 Years Ago
      These finalists were announced on M o n d a y, what's happened, the man responsible for the news from Europe was on a sick leave or what?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it is European car of the year but Japanese entries can win? Or Korean entries? Why not American? What's with the flags then? Are the flags a reference to the only European countries producing cars? Then why are foreign makers allowed to participate? Why not include the Japanese and Korean flags in that symbol? If it's not a reference to car producing nations, but simply a reference to Europe in general, then they have to add a couple more flags to that logo. You can't just show 7 Western European flags...that's hardly even half the continent. This is quite confusing.
        hhkarrol
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Oh man, come on- you should notice that there r labels under the flags- vi bilagare, stern, autopista etc. These are the names of magazines that came up with the ieda of coty and organized the first contest. So these flags symbolise the heritage of this award, not the countries that can take part in it lolz
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hhkarrol
          Correct, those were the original collaborative magazines voting from their respective COUNTRIES. Bloody teenage idiot.
          Toronto St. Pats
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hhkarrol
          Yo aatbloke1967 chill out man. I was just asking a question. Why is everyone so angry all the time?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
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      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW Golf no doubt.
        quuppa70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        the Golf is jts same looking Golf as always, cant win
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        SalihAhzem
        • 2 Years Ago
        There is no vote splitting for BRZ/GT 86 just like there was no fo Chevrolet Volt/Opel Ampera "twins" last year.
      Arch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Golf or A-Class
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had to narrow it down Id say Clio, 208, or B-Max.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Benz A class has a Renault diesel engine and also made by Renault plant for Benz and the clio is also Renault if any one of them win renault is still a winner.
      foxtrot685
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's such a shame that we dont get some of the cars on this list. I'd love an A-class AMG version.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it's actually between the 208, A-Class and Golf, right?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
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      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Golf will win
        Hampton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        However the Subaru BRZ could be the upset.The fact that it's on the list is telling
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