Car of the Year

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Car of the Year is a phrase usually considered to have been invented by Motor Trend magazine in the 1950s for their annual award for best American automobile. The magazine still gives this award.

It also refers to an award given yearly to the new automobile selected best by a jury of journalists for motor magazines in Europe. In 2013, the Jury was made up by 58 members – 57 men and one woman.

Although other similar awards exist in other parts of the world like Australia from the Australian automobile magazine Wheels and the AJAC in Canada, these two are the major ones that use the phrase, which is sometimes abbreviated COTY.


Year International Car of the Year World Car of the Year
2013 Kia Optima Volkswagen Golf
2012 Audi A7 Volkswagen up!
2011 Hyundai Sonata Nissan Leaf
2010 Ford Taurus Volkswagen Polo
2009 Nissan GT-R Volkswagen Golf
2008 Honda Accord sedan Mazda2 / Demio
2007 Lexus LS 460 Lexus LS 460
2006 Dodge Charger BMW 3-Series
2005 Honda Civic EX Audi A6


Year European Car of the Year North American Car of the Year
2015 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Golf
2014 Peugeot 308 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2013 Volkswagen Golf Cadillac ATS
2012 Chevrolet Volt/Opel/Vauxhall Ampera Hyundai Elantra
2011 Nissan Leaf Chevrolet Volt
2010 Volkswagen Polo Ford Fusion Hybrid
2009 Vauxhall/Opel Insignia Hyundai Genesis
2008 Fiat 500 Chevrolet Malibu
2007 Ford S-Max Saturn Aura
2006 Renault Clio Honda Civic
2005 Toyota Prius Chrysler 300
2004 Fiat Panda Toyota Prius
2003 Renault Mégane MINI Cooper
2002 Peugeot 307 Nissan Altima
2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2000 Toyota Yaris Ford Focus
1999 Ford Focus Chrysler 300M
1998 Alfa Romeo 156 Chevrolet Corvette
1997 Renault Mégane Scénic Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
1996 Fiat Bravo/Brava Chrysler minivans
1995 Fiat Punto Chrysler Cirrus
1994 Ford Mondeo Mercedes-Benz C-Class


Year Middle East Motor Awards COTY
2013 Jaguar F-Type
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2011 Volvo S60