Every year, an array of European car magazines get together to name their Car of the Year. The jury is made up of editors from Italy's Auto magazine, UK's Autocar, Spain's Autopista, Holland's Autovisie, France's L'Automobile, Germany's Stern and Sweden's Vi Bilägare. Together they identify 30 candidates for the award, then whittle it down to seven nominees before announcing the winner at the Geneva Motor Show.

The process is now well underway as the jury has named its seven finalists. For 2014 they've nominated the BMW i3, Citroën C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia and Tesla Model S. That's a varied field if we've ever seen one, and includes several models we don't even get on this side of the Atlantic. But perhaps the bigger surprise is that models like the Jaguar F-Type, Maserati Ghibli, Porsche Cayman and Range Rover Sport – all part of the original list of candidates – didn't make the cut. We'll have to wait until March to find out which of the seven will get the prize.

Which do you think should win Europe's 2014 Car of the Year award?
BMW i3 1373 (14.7%)
Citroen C4 Picasso 272 (2.9%)
Mazda3 1722 (18.4%)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 (21.6%)
Peugeot 308 257 (2.8%)
Skoda Octavia 352 (3.8%)
Tesla Model S 3353 (35.9%)


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a Mazda guy and cast my vote for the 3, but its funny to see the votes piling up for the cars we as North Americans know while the Citroen, Peugeot and Skoda languish in the weeds. We're not the most informed audience obviously.
      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really let's be honest, there are only 2 cars on the list that really are worthy of the award: The BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. The rest, while very good cars, really don't move the 'game' on in any significant way. If you at all know me or have read my past comments, you know I love French cars, there are so different from what we get here in NA, but the Citroen and Peugeot are fairly standard Euro transport. As is the Skoda and seemingly beloved Mazda3. Most of the reasons given for voting on any of these cars has been valid and for the most part, truthful. The point of contention about how AB is an American centric blog is correct and should not be ignored. A recent stat I heard says that only 25% of all Americans have their passports. That means 75% of you have never left the continental USA and have never been to Europe. That is astonishing to me! You need to go see London and Paris as I have, or Rome and Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam or any other place you desire, just to see how the other half lives. You will not regret it and dare I say, would love it. It's a real eye opener and experience and as a car enthusiast, a MUST do! The MB S Class you may be wondering, well it's a great car and worthy of votes but really it's just an iteration on the 'S Class'. On the other hand you have the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. Two cars that break the mold and really do something new. These 2 cars change the industry and for one, potentially change and entire company. While we all know the Tesla to be a great car and an industry shaker only the BMW takes the next step and is really worthy of the title, "European Car of the Year!" It may not be the prettiest car ever made or the sportiest, but it does accomplish what others really have not. New materials, construction, propulsion systems and price put the BMW i3 in a category all it's own. It's not perfect and will need to improve in many areas, but for Europe it's the perfect recipe and with the arrival next year of the i8, could propel BMW to new heights and in the clear lead of technological advancements and vehicles on sale.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Groagun
        @Groagun I agree with your opinion that people, including Americans, should travel more. However, remember that passports were not required for international travel until fairly recently (not in the Americas, anyway). We could go to Canada or Mexico easily without passport until some time in the 2000s. Also, note that western Europe is not 'the other half'. Americans going to the famous parts of Europe will not see how 'the other half' lives. They'll have a more impactful cultural experience going to South America, Asia, Africa and maybe even in Australia/New Zealand.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Grow gun, I'm an accountant. I qualified thirty years ago and have spent the past fifteen in cross-border taxation, chiefly in the UK, Benelux, and North America. My longest US stint was eleven years. You need to read. I said Americans rarely get MORE than two to three weeks vacation per annum. In other words, they usually get two or three weeks as standard. Whatsmore, in many cases that time is built up over years of tenure with an employer. In Europe, it is mandated that f/t employees get four weeks minimum in EU states from the inception of employment. Geography has nothing to do with the vacation business. Conglomerates such as Thomas Cook and Cosmos offer cheap deals everywhere. Florida fly drive holidays from the UK can be had the equivalent of less than $1,000 if you know where to look, and even half that money in certain standby cases.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Before you frantically seize on it, I meant to say "geography has nothing to do with the vacation business when it comes to pricing differentials". That would have made more sense in conveying my point.
          Groagun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Really I was just talking in generalities and telling my American friends to 'get out of the house' every once in a while. Yes I would encourage you to visit Asia or Brazil or where ever else in the world intrigues you.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          " It's not that travel agents actively charge Americans more because they simply want to or can." I never said it was. Traditionally, it costs more to fly from the US to the UK than vice versa. That gap has narrowed in recent years, but package holidays to the US can still be definitive bargains. Trade barriers between the US and Europe prevent an American buying a ticket from the UK, according to the Delta Airlines rep we happened to have this very discussion with one time.
          Groagun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          aatbloke1967 I have to ask how long you have lived in America? There's my dry humor at work. Every working American is governed and protected by both Federal and individual State laws in the USA. The Federal laws are broad and general, including laws like child labor protection, restrictions and penalties. State laws very from benign to complex 'do's and don'ts' in lengthy written laws. It is common place and NOT rare that Americans get 2-3 weeks of vacation time. While certainly not what it is in Europe in general, you clearly have very little idea of what you are talking about. The one thing you are correct about is price. That simply is a function of physical geography. To fly from NY to London is just shy of 3500 miles. To fly from London to Barcelona, nice vacation spot, is just over 700 miles. Americans pay more because they live 1000's of mile farther away, there's an Ocean to fly over first. It's not that travel agents actively charge Americans more because they simply want to or can.
      Aron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ha, funny poll results. You can easily see this is an American audience, as the Skoda, Peugeot and Citroën don't get any love.
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aron
        Well this is an American-centric blog. While I do like Citroens and Peugeots, I don't enough about them to make an informed judgement so I'm going to choose something I am familiar with.
      ssdajoker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the Tesla is going to win, rightfully so. It is the fastest sedan in America.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      When was the last time an American designed and built car was on this list? I'm no nationalist, but that's cool.
      Matthew Dawson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Voted for the Picasso, because it is a rather clever vehicle and the kind of which we simply do not have here in North America. It certainly isn't a sporty, driving focused car, but sometimes you just want a nice, spacious, comfortable car to cruise around in. And it does that really well in a small package.
      ufgrat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll vote for the Tesla S, not because it's the best new car, but because I want to hear Jeremy Clarkson explain how it's not really an American car at all, it's actually a British car.
      Zimny Pawel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well i voted for Peugeot 308 , than i like the new Citroen Picasso ..., for all american friends .., did you know that Enzo Ferrari loved his three Peugeot , 404, 504 ,504 Coupè... http://www.french-cars-in-america.com/enzo-ferrari-loved-his-peugeots?fb_action_ids=10153526923930313&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=feed_opengraph&action_object_map=
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      What I find even more surprising is that there are no Honda, Toyota, Ford, GM, Fiat-Chrysler vehicles on the list. I'm not saying any specific model should be there, it's just hard to imagine any list of 7 current vehicles without including any of the biggest brands.
        Robert Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Ford and GM in Europe have some very bad vibes at the moment as regards build quality and reliability., Fiat is struggling The Skoda is a much better car than the VW equivalent. Mazda is very very good. Citroen and Peugeot as reliable as VW
        Aron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Honda isn't as big in Europe as in the US. I can't think of any Toyota model that I would consider Car of The Year-worthy, can you? The Ford Mondeo could have made the list, but my guess it's not innovative or exciting enough. Same goes for Opel products (excluding the Adam). Fiat-Chrysler hasn't had a new model in a while here.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda3.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of these suck the CTS should win
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
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