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More than half of the shortlist for the 60th anniversary COTY award is made up of EVs

The new Kia EV9Peugeot e-3008, Renault Scenic and Volvo EX30 electric SUVs are four of the seven cars on the shortlist for the 2024 Car of the Year.

The trio are joined by the BMW 5 Series, BYD Seal and Toyota C-HR.

A total of 59 jurors from 22 European countries selected seven cars each from a long list of 28 eligible cars for the 2024 award, and the seven cars with the most votes made it onto the shortlist.

The winner will be announced in late February 2024.

The e-3008 (whose nomination also includes the hybrid 3008), will be looking to reclaim a crown for Peugeot that the second-generation 3008 won when it launched in 2017.

The Scenic is the first car fully created under the Luca de Meo era at Renault. It's another former COTY winner, having claimed the title in 1997.

The EX30 breaks new ground for Volvo as an entry-level model design to compete in the booming small SUV segment. Volvo's only previous COTY win was with the Volvo XC40 in 2018. 

The Seal is the first BYD to ever make the COTY shortlist, while BMW has never won the award. The German firm will be hoping to with the new 5 Series (whose nomination also includes the electric BMW i5).  

The EV9 is a new seven-seat electric SUV and follows the Kia EV6, which was Car of the Year in 2022.

The C-HR is the sole model on the shortlist that doesn't offer an electric powertrain. Toyota's last COTY win came in 2021, with the Toyota Yaris.

Autocar is one of nine titles across Europe that sponsors COTY.

The award has been running since 1964, making the 2024 running of the competition the 60th anniversary.

The 2023 Car of the Year award was won by the Jeep Avenger


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Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

Mark is a Car of the Year juror, a prestigious annual award that Autocar is one of the main sponsors of. He has made media appearances on the likes of the BBC, and contributed to titles including What Car?Move Electric and Pistonheads, and has written a column for The Sun.

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giulivo 12 December 2023

You claim that the EV9 is the only seven-seat electric SUV in the market. I love it, but aren't the Mercedes EQB and the Tesla Model X also seven-seat electric SUVs that are suitable for (wealthy) families?

jason_recliner 28 November 2023
Is the EV9 the heaviest vehicle ever shortlisted?