A shortlist of 35 cars have been selected to compete in the coveted Car of the Year award 2012
4 October 2011

A total of 35 cars are eligible for Europe’s most prestigious automotive accolade, the Car of the Year 2012 award (COTY).

Of the 35 cars, a shortlist of seven cars will be chosen by the ninth of January to compete for the top spot, the result of which will be announced on the fifth of March 2012.

Last year’s winner – the Nissan Leaf - became the first all-electric car to win the coveted Car of the Year title, after one of the most diverse voting processes in the award’s history.

This year’s candidates include:

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 B-class

Mercedes ML-class

Mercedes SLK

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

Peugeot 508

Porsche 911

Range Rover Evoque

Renault Fluence Z.E

Renault Kangoo Z.E

Ssangyong Korando

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Verso

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Ampera

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Up

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