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Shortlist announced for Car of the Year 2013Back

Eight nominees have just been announced as hot contenders to receive the highly acclaimed 2013 European Car of the Year award.

A total of 32 candidates were eligible to receive this prestigious award with all of the contenders being new vehicles available to purchase now or before the year’s end in five or more European markets.

The latest announcement is the first stage of the voting process for the award, with the overall winner revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on 4 March 2013.

Although it is initially seven finalists which are chosen to be contenders for the award, this year will see eight nominees go through to the finals due to a tie between the nominations for seventh place.

Almost all of the best cars on this year’s shortlist are B- and C-segment hatchbacks together with a sporting coupe and a compact MPV with sliding doors. The 58 judges are reported to have rejected models with advanced aluminium construction and hybrid drivelines.

Jury members will decide the Car of the Year winner between the following nominees:

2012 saw the Vauxhall Ampera/ Chevrolet Volt sweep the acclaimed award with a total of 330 points. The Volkswagen Up! came second with 281 points and the Ford Focus third with 256 points.

After two years of alternative hybrid cars winning the award, the judges have rejected the two plug-in hybrid candidates (the Volvo V60 and the Toyota Prius plug-in) in favour of conventional technology.

The year 2013 will focus on the style of car body which is most favoured by Europe with qualities at the forefront of the judging panel including safety, driver appeal, value for money, and for the British judges, ride and handling.

The overall winner will be announced on the evening of the 4 March at the Geneva Motor Show, but you can also receive a verdict from the team at the Telegraph.co.uk/motoring, following their traditional shortlist driving day which takes place early next year.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 18/12/2012