The European Car of the Year award is now in its 44th year. It is organized by a non-profit group of volunteers from Europe's 7 largest auto publications; Auto (Italy), Autocar (UK), Autopista (Spain), Autovisie (Holland), L'Automobile Magazine (France), Stern (Germany), and Vi Bilägare (Sweden). A panel of 58 European auto journalists then do the voting. The Car of the Year trophy is presented to the winning car manufacturer in January. They are then entitled to use the title and the distinctive Car of the Year logo the following year in their promotions.
[Sources: Channel 4, Car of the Year]