European Car of the Year 2012 Candidates Announced.

by Oct 4, 2011All News, Hyundai, Kia1 comment

The first phase of the European “Car of the Year 2012” [COTY] award has been completed with the announcement of the 35 candidates eligible to participate in the voting process. As with prior events, in order to be a nominee, the contenders had to be new vehicles available now or before the end of this year in five or more European markets, and each has to have the prospect of a minimum of 5,000 annual sales.

A total of 59 journalists representing 23 European countries will cast their votes in two stages, with the first producing a short list of seven nominees, which will be announced on 9 January 2012, while the second round will reveal the winner that will be made known in March, 2012.

Notably, the organizers of the COTY have changed the procedure for the announcement of the winner. Instead of publishing the results in late November, the COTY Organizing Committee reached an agreement with the organizers of the Geneva Auto Salon to disclose the winner in Palexpo each Monday prior to the first press day, at 15:00.

Last year’s winner was the Nissan Leaf EV. You can check out the 35 candidates for the 2012 COTY (including two Hyundai & Kia models) in the list below, and tell us which car you think has the most chances to win the award in the comments section.

Car of the Year Nominees:

  • Audi A6.
  • Audi Q3.
  • BMW 1-Series.
  • BMW 6-Series.
  • Chevrolet Aveo.
  • Chevrolet Orlando.
  • Citroen DS4.
  • Citroen DS5.
  • Fiat Panda.
  • Ford Focus.
  • Honda Civic.
  • Hyundai i40.
  • Hyundai Veloster.
  • Kia Picanto.
  • Kia Rio.
  • Lancia Ypsilon.
  • Lexus GS.
  • Mazda CX-5.
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
  • Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.
  • Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt.
  • Opel Zafira Tourer.
  • Peugeot 508.
  • Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4.
  • Porsche 911.
  • Ranger Rover Evoque.
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E.
  • Renault Fluence Z.E.
  • Ssangyong Korando.
  • Toyota Verso S/Subaru Trezia.
  • Toyota Yaris.
  • Volkswagen Beetle.
  • Volkswagen Jetta.
  • Volkswagen up!.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

1 Comment

  1. John Lopes

    The Hyundai Veloster gets my vote, for the clever combination of up-to-date technology (dry Double Clutch Transmission), as well as intelligent use of cabin space. Watch out Europe, the Koreans are hard on your heels!

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