UPDATE: Hakan Matson, automotive editor at Sweden's Dagens industri and president of the European Car of the Year jury, tells Autoblog that the list originally published on the website was missing the new Mini Cooper, which has now been added to bring the list up to 32 candidates.
Every year a panel of jurists representing a variety of automotive publications in different languages and from different countries get together and pick their Car of the Year. It's a long and exhaustive process, and it starts right here.

For the 2015 award, the panel has identified 31 candidates: the Audi TT; BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Coupe, i8 and X4; the Citroën C1 and C4 Cactus; Fiat 500X (which hasn't even been unveiled yet); Ford EcoSport and Mondeo; Hyundai i20; Infiniti Q50; Jeep Renegade; Kia Soul; Lexus NX and RC; Mercedes-Benz C-Class, GLA and S-Class Coupe; Nissan Pulsar, Qashqai and X-Trail; Opel Corsa; Peugeot 108; Porsche Macan; Renault Twingo; Skoda Fabia; Smart Fortwo and Forfour; Subaru WRX STI; Suzuki Celerio; Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Passat.

These 31 contenders will be whittled down to a short-list of seven nominees to be announced on December 15, followed by the announcement of the winner on March 2 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Past winners include the Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Golf, Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Polo (going back to 2010). This year ought to present an interesting challenge in that three of the entrants – the Toyota Aygo, Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108 – are all essentially the same car. Last year saw the jury award second place jointly to the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ, which was (as far as we can tell) the first time it had split the award between manufacturers of essentially the same vehicle. The Renegade, 500X, GLA, Qashqai, X-Trail and Macan seem to be at a distinct disadvantage, though, because the jury has never named a sport-ute or crossover into the top three, let alone as the winner, in its 50-year history.


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      Alex Ingram
      • 4 Months Ago
      I used to work for Ford, and as a result I seem to be slightly biased towards their products, but the EcoSport is simply one of the most hideous cars I have ever seen. No idea why it is on this list.
        Mirco Wilhelm
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Alex Ingram
        The Eco sport is an overbloated Fiesta, originally intended for "emerging" markets like India. No idea what has driven the decision to sell it anywhere else, since that had worked so "well" for the Euro Spec Fusion in the past, which also war horrible.
      Jarda
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wish Mondeo took the title, but given it's pretty much 2 years old now I don't think the auto-journalists will even consider it. :( (I suspect FoMoCo does that because of how similar the front fascia is to Mustang which is being introduced to Europe for the first time.)
        Mirco Wilhelm
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        This would be the new 2015 Mondeo which is moving closer to the US spec Ford Fusion, design wise
      Hazdaz
      • 4 Months Ago
      Not that I think it deserves to win, but going just on past winners and how biased the European press usually is, I say the VW Passat is going to be the next winner.
        quuppa70
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        biased? could you clarify
          Ayberk Yılmaz
          • 4 Months Ago
          @quuppa70
          You should check out the comparison tests made by Auto Bild and you will see what he meant. Some of the other car magazines in Europe who also participate are just reprints of Auto Bild in other languages.
      Go2Fast
      • 4 Months Ago
      It annoys me that the STI gets so much attention when the engine was a carry over for the last 11 model years and gets such crummy mileage. The 2015 WRX is almost as good performance wise for much fewer dollars.
      Zoom
      • 4 Months Ago
      i8 will win. i8 should win.
      Ayberk Yılmaz
      • 4 Months Ago
      Like you wrote in the article Opel Ampera / Chevrolet Volt were the winner in 2012. So it wasn't the first time two manufacturers split the award when Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ won.