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.



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