The organization behind the annual Car of the Year election, generally regarded as the most important prize to be won in the European car world, has just announced a shortlist of 7 finalists. Striking: neither Audi nor Mercedes-Benz have managed to get a place in the final this year.
Who will succeed the Volvo XC40 as the European car of the year? That is the question to which a panel of 61 jury members, consisting of car journalists from 23 different countries, may formulate an answer in the coming months.
The jury has just made a first selection, in which the seven most important newcomers were selected from a long list of new models. These are (in alphabetical order) the BMW 1-Series, Ford Puma, Peugeot (e-) 208, Porsche Taycan (photo), Renault Clio, Tesla Model 3 and the Toyota Corolla.
On the other hand, there is no sign of the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC or the Mazda 3 and its revolutionary SkyActiv-X engine technology, a car that we honestly expected in the final.
Shortly after the New Year, the nominated cars will be subjected to an extensive practical test by the jury. The final announcement traditionally takes place on the eve of the Geneva Salon on March 2, 2020.