Seven new models are in contention for the coveted award; winner to be announced next March
Sam Sheehan
29 November 2016

The Alfa Romeo Giulia and new Mercedes-Benz E-Class are two of seven candidates up for the 2017 European Car of the Year award.

The Giulia, a new Italian BMW 3 Series rival, is a sure favourite for this year’s crown, with the new E-Class and its lengthy list of technical advancements posing one of the biggest threats.

They’re joined in the running by the quirky new Citroën C3, the striking new Nissan Micra, Peugeot’s new 3008 SUV and Toyota’s angular C-HR crossover.

The final slot goes to the smart-looking Volvo S90 and its estate sibling, the V90.

Last year’s winner was the Vauxhall Astra, and the victor the year before was the Volkswagen Passat.

Autocar’s own Matt Prior will be on the judging panel, with the final decision on the 2017 winner being announced on the eve of the Geneva motor show on 6 March 2017.

Which car would you choose to be the 2017 European COTY? Let us know in the comments below.

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29 November 2016

Why they award Car Of The Year so early in the year, some of the cars nominated aren't even on sale yet so how can they be awarded car of the year?

29 November 2016

I can't see anything really interesting, new innovative here, just evolutions of old designs. Presumably the 2017 CoTY is for cars which are predominantly European and which were predominantly launched last year? This would explain the absence of cars like the Honda Civic and the electric / hybrid Hyundais and Kias. Or is the Honda already considered to be an older model since it was launched in other markets a year ago?
Anyway, I'd nominate the Nissan Micra if only because it is such an improvement over the previous one.

29 November 2016

I can't see anything really interesting, new innovative here, just evolutions of old designs. Presumably the 2017 CoTY is for cars which are predominantly European and which were predominantly launched last year? This would explain the absence of cars like the new Fiesta, Honda Civic and the electric / hybrid Hyundais and Kias. Or is the Honda already considered to be an older model since it was launched in other markets a year ago?
Anyway, I'd nominate the Nissan Micra if only because it is such an improvement over the previous one.

29 November 2016

The selection is pretty uninspiring!
About the best anyone could say is that each nomination is better than it's parent but for one, the Alfa, which will soon be exposed to the harsh reality of sales!
So lets not have a 2017 CoTY from this selection!
Motoring journalists, go back to your magazines and web sites and say "none of the nominated vehicles deserves the title CoTY 2017!"

OK, a bit to brave and honest for 2016/7

29 November 2016

None are game changers, but I like the C3, S90 and the 3008. They all represent a massive move forward over their predecessors, and also different enough from their competitors

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