The seven-car shortlist for the Car of the Year competition has been revealed
9 January 2012

The seven-car shortlist for the Car of the Year competition has been revealed.

The finalists are the Citroen DS5, Fiat Panda, VW Up, Range Rover Evoque, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt.

The shortlist was drawn up by a jury of 59 judges from 22 countries.

The winner will be announced on the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.

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9 January 2012

It will be the panda or the Up as CoTY only ever give this to small cars! what a dull selection, the only car that does anything even remotely new is the Up so i think that will win.

9 January 2012

[quote Vidge 123] the only car that does anything even remotely new is the Up so i think that will win. [/quote]

Enlighten me please Vidge- what does the Up! do that's new?

9 January 2012

Pretty boring list indeed... The Ampera being "green" is most likely to get it. COTY doesn't mean genuine "qualities" or some proper enhancement of the automobile as a whole. Last year COTY is a flop...

9 January 2012

[quote supermanuel]

[quote Vidge 123] the only car that does anything even remotely new is the Up so i think that will win. [/quote]

Enlighten me please Vidge- what does the Up! do that's new?

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Just taking a stab in the dark a bit here (as I haven't actually tried the car myself), but how about bringing new levels of build, material quality, ride and refinement to the micro class?

9 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The finalists are the Citroen DS5, Fiat Panda, VW Up, Range Rover Evoque, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Ampera.[/quote] A rather uninspiring selection, apart from the DS5 which has great styling (but a pity the mechanicals and handling/ride don't match up to the rest of it). My guess is that the 1st place will go to the Fiat Panda as it is in tune with the financially restricted times, but maybe flash, needless vulgarity will win over and it will go to the Evoque. Judging from previous winners, there is little logic to which will win unless there is something truly innovative among the finalists.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

9 January 2012

[quote Overdrive]but how about bringing new levels of build, material quality, ride and refinement to the micro class?[/quote] All VW have done with the Up! is to make a smaller Polo, surely nothing particularly innovative there, they need to have done something like Toyota did with iQ to deserve a win this year. If the Up! is so good what happened to the Mii and the Citigo, even better value ? They can't be ineligible as being the same car as the Up! as the Vauxhall Ampera is there and its sister Volt has been eligible previously, I think.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

9 January 2012

[quote ordinary bloke][quote Overdrive]but how about bringing new levels of build, material quality, ride and refinement to the micro class?[/quote] All VW have done with the Up! is to make a smaller Polo, surely nothing particularly innovative there, they need to have done something like Toyota did with iQ to deserve a win this year....[/quote]

Yeah, that's true enough. Problem is, you're not going to have especially innovative cars every single year, so I guess the judges go for the next best thing and, from the available list of new cars, go for those that set new standards at least in some respects, in their class.

Having said that, I rarely think much of the cars that actually end up (no pun intended) winning the CoY.

9 January 2012

I think that this year the competition should be renamed "Range Rover Evoque Car of the Year Awards Finalists". It is so obvious the Evoque is going to win it, its won everything else. And to be honest with good reason, its a fantastic car. Out of all the contenders there is nothing as well accomplished and desirable as the Evoque.

9 January 2012

The Nissan Leaf won last year so the Ampera may be out of favour for this year's title based purely on that. I'd give it to the DS5 for being the most interesting car there. However, I think it'll be either the Panda or Up that wins..


9 January 2012

[quote marshydeluxe]desirable as the Evoque[/quote] i'm sorry, but there is nothing desirable about a footballer's wife's car at all!

What a terrible list for the car of the year. totally uninspiring...

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