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.
Each year since 1964, an international jury of European journalists come together to name their Car of the Year. After identifying the candidates, they whittle the list down to the finalists announced in December and finally name the winner at the Geneva Motor Show. And that's just what they've done again this year, selecting the new Peugeot 308 as their 2014 Car of the Year.
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.
Ring one up for Mazda. The Japanese brand's midsize offering, the Mazda6, has been named Popular Mechanics' Car of the Year. The 6 received a comprehensive reworking for the 2014 model year that saw it adopt sleek, sexy sheet metal; a clean, logical interior; and powertrain technologies that allow it to net some of the best fuel economy available in a gas-powered, non-hybrid sedan.
For the second time, the Cadillac CTS has been named Motor Trend's Car of the Year. After winning the COTY crown for 2008, the new-for-2014 CTS outdid the other two finalists for Car of the Year honors, the Mazda3 and the Cadillac's corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
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 41 contenders for Europe's 2011 Car of the Year award have been trimmed down to just seven finalists. The winner, to be selected by 59 of Europe's motoring press, will be announced on November 29th. For the first time ever, Europe's most coveted automotive accolade could go to vehicle that burns neither diesel nor gasoline, but one that relies upon juice from a lithium-ion battery pack as its sole source of giddy up. That electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, will vie for the award against six
You'd expect the European Car of the Year contest to be stacked mainly with European cars, of course, if not cars from around the world that are sold in Europe. But this year, the fight is being waged almost exclusively between European cars that we don't even get on this side of the Atlantic.