The long list of 2015 European Car of the Year candidates has been released. The Euro COTY is a good indicator of what to expect when the time comes for World Car of the Year. This list of 33 new cars will be whittled down to just 7 in December, with the winner being announced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.


VW e-Golf as seen at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany.

VW e-Golf as seen at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany.

The reigning 2014 European Car of the Year is the Peugeot 308 (definitely coming to Mzansi in 2015), which was preceded by the Volkswagen Golf 7 in 2013. Interestingly and unlike in Mzansi, Euro COTY has not been dominated by the usual Germans. In fact, BMW has never won this prize since its inception in 1964. Mercedes-Benz won it once in 1974, and Audi twice in 1973 and 1983. The major forces in this competition are Fiat (9 wins), Renault (6) and Ford (5).


Here are all the contenders in alphabetical order:


Audi TT Coupe

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW 2 Series Coupe

BMW i8


Citroen C1

Citroen C4 Cactus

Fiat 500X

Ford EcoSport

Ford Mondeo

Hyundai i20

Infiniti Q50

Jeep Renegade

Kia Soul

Lexus NX

Lexus RC Coupe

Mercedes- Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan X-Trail

Opel Corsa

Peugeot 108

Porsche Macan

Renault Twingo

Skoda Fabia

smart fortwo

smart forfour

Subaru WRX STI

Suzuki Celerio

Toyota Aygo

Volkswagen Passat

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