European Car of the Year

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European Car of the Year
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The European Car of the Year award was established in 1964 by a collective of automobile magazines from different countries in Europe. The current organisers of the award are Auto (Italy), Autocar (UK), Autopista (Spain), Autovisie (Netherlands), L'Automobile Magazine (France), Stern (Germany) and Vi Bilägare (Sweden).

The voting jury consists of motoring journalists from publications throughout Europe. Representation from each country is based on the size of the country's car market and car manufacturing industry. The jury for 2012 consisted of 59 members from 23 countries.

There are no categories or class winners — the stated objective is to find a "single, decisive winner" among all competing cars.

The 2014 ECOTY was announced on March 3, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, the winner being the Peugeot 308.

Current rules[edit]

Eligible cars are new models released in the twelve months prior to the award. The award is not restricted to European cars, but nominees must be available in at least five European countries, and have expected sales of 5,000 a year.

Nominees are judged on the following criteria: design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction and price. Technical innovation and value for money are also important factors.[1]

A shortlist of seven cars is selected by a simple vote. For the final round of voting, each jury member has 25 points to distribute among the finalists. The points must be distributed to at least five cars, with no more than ten to any one car, and no joint top marks. The voting is open, and each jury member provides published justification for their vote distribution.

Under these rules, the decisiveness of the victory has varied greatly.

For example, in 1988, the Peugeot 405 won by 212 points, the biggest gap in the history of the European Car of the Year competition; such feat was repeated in 2013, as the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf won by the same points gap in 2013. In 2010 the Volkswagen Polo won by a mere 10 points, received maximum points from twenty-five jurors, and was the top choice of 59.

The Renault Clio (1991 and 2006) and Volkswagen Golf (1992 and 2013) are the only cars to have won the award more than once.

Results: 1964–2013[edit]

European Car of the Year
Year Winner Points Second place Points Third place Points
1964 Rover 2000 76 Mercedes 600 64 Hillman Imp 31
1965 Austin 1800 78 Autobianchi Primula 51 Ford Mustang 18
1966 Renault 16 98 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 81 Oldsmobile Toronado 59
1967 Fiat 124 144 BMW 1600 69 Jensen FF 61
1968 NSU Ro 80 197 Fiat 125 133 Simca 1100 94
1969 Peugeot 504 119 BMW 2500/2800 77 Alfa Romeo 1750 76
1970 Fiat 128 235 Autobianchi A112 96 Renault 12 79
1971 Citroën GS 233 Volkswagen K70 121 Citroën SM 105
1972 Fiat 127 239 Renault 15/17 107 Mercedes 350SL 96
1973 Audi 80 114 Renault 5 109 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 95
1974 Mercedes 450S 115 Fiat X1/9 99 Honda Civic 90
1975 Citroën CX 229 Volkswagen Golf 164 Audi 50 136
1976 Simca 1307-1308 192 BMW 3-series 144 Renault 30 TS 107
1977 Rover 3500 157 Audi 100 138 Ford Fiesta 135
1978 Porsche 928 261 BMW 7-series 231 Ford Granada 203
1979 Simca-Chrysler Horizon 251 Fiat Ritmo 239 Audi 80 181
1980 Lancia Delta 369 Opel Kadett 301 Peugeot 505 199
1981 Ford Escort Mk.III 326 Fiat Panda 308 Austin Metro 255
1982 Renault 9 335 Opel Ascona 304 Volkswagen Polo 252
1983 Audi 100 410 Ford Sierra 386 Volvo 760 157
1984 Fiat Uno 346 Peugeot 205 325 Volkswagen Golf 156
1985 Opel Kadett 326 Renault 25 261 Lancia Thema 191
1986 Ford Scorpio 337 Lancia Y10 291 Mercedes-Benz 200-300E 273
1987 Opel Omega 275 Audi 80 238 BMW 7-series 175
1988 Peugeot 405 464 Citroën AX 252 Honda Prelude 234
1989 Fiat Tipo 356 Opel Vectra 261 Volkswagen Passat 194
1990 Citroën XM 390 Mercedes-Benz SL 215 Ford Fiesta 214
1991 Renault Clio 312 Nissan Primera 258 Opel Calibra 183
1992[2] Volkswagen Golf 276 Opel Astra 231 Citroën ZX 213
1993 Nissan Micra 338 Fiat Cinquecento 304 Renault Safrane 244
1994 Ford Mondeo 290 Citroën Xantia 264 Mercedes-Benz C 192
1995 Fiat Punto 370 Volkswagen Polo 292 Opel Omega 272
1996 Fiat Bravo/Brava 378 Peugeot 406 363 Audi A4 246
1997 Renault Mégane Scénic 405 Ford Ka 293 Volkswagen Passat 248
1998 Alfa Romeo 156 454 Volkswagen Golf 266 Audi A6 265
1999 Ford Focus 444 Opel Astra 269 Peugeot 206 248
2000 Toyota Yaris 344 Fiat Multipla 325 Opel Zafira 265
2001 Alfa Romeo 147 238 Ford Mondeo 237 Toyota Prius 229
2002 Peugeot 307 286 Renault Laguna 244 Fiat Stilo 243
2003 Renault Mégane 322 Mazda 6 302 Citroën C3 214
2004 Fiat Panda 281 Mazda 3 241 Volkswagen Golf 241
2005 Toyota Prius 406 Citroën C4 267 Ford Focus 228
2006[3] Renault Clio 256 Volkswagen Passat 251 Alfa Romeo 159 212
2007 Ford S-Max 235 Opel Corsa 233 Citroën C4 Picasso 222
2008 Fiat 500 385 Mazda2 325 Ford Mondeo 202
2009 Opel Insignia 321 Ford Fiesta 320 Volkswagen Golf 223
2010[4] Volkswagen Polo 347 Toyota iQ 337 Opel Astra 221
2011 Nissan Leaf 257[5] Alfa Romeo Giulietta 248 Opel Meriva 244
2012 Chevrolet Volt/Opel Ampera 330 Volkswagen up! 281 Ford Focus 256
2013 Volkswagen Golf[2][6] 414[2] Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ[2] 202 Volvo V40[2] 189
2014 Peugeot 308 307[7] BMW i3 223 Tesla Model S 216
Winners sorted by manufacturer
Manufacturer Wins Winning Cars
Fiat 9 124 (1967); 128 (1970); 127 (1972); Uno (1984); Tipo (1989); Punto (1995); Bravo/Brava (1996); Panda (2004); 500 (2008)
Renault 6 16 (1966); 9 (1982); Clio (1991); Scénic (1997); Mégane (2003); Clio (2006)
Ford 5 Escort (1981); Scorpio (1986); Mondeo (1994); Focus (1999); S-Max (2007)
Opel 4 Kadett (1985); Omega (1987); Insignia (2009); Ampera (2012)
Peugeot 4 504 (1969); 405 (1988); 307 (2002); 308 (2014)
Citroën 3 GS (1971); CX (1975); XM (1990)
Volkswagen 3 Golf (1992); Polo (2010); Golf (2013)[6]
Alfa Romeo 2 156 (1998); 147 (2001)
Audi 2 80 (1973); 100 (1983)
Chrysler/Simca 2 1307-1308 (1976); Simca-Chrysler Horizon (1979)
Nissan 2 Micra (1993); Leaf (2011)
Rover 2 P6 (1964); SD1 (1977)
Toyota 2 Yaris (2000); Prius (2005)
Austin 1 1800 (1965)
Chevrolet 1 Volt (2012)
Lancia 1 Delta (1980)
Mercedes-Benz 1 S-Class (1974)
NSU 1 Ro 80 (1968)
Porsche 1 928 (1978)

See also[edit]

  • Car of the Year for other similar awards in different countries and by various magazine and institutions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What makes a Car of the Year?". caroftheyear.org. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Car of the Year twice - 1992 & 2013". Car manufacturer. Volkswagen. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "2006: Renault Clio". Car of the year. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  4. ^ "C3 Picasso European Car of the Year nomination 2010". European Car of the Year competition. European Car of the Year. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  5. ^ English, Andrew (2010-11-29). "Nissan Leaf wins Car of the Year". telegraph.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Car of the Year 2013: VW Golf does it again". caroftheyear.org. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Peugeot’s 308 wins 2014 Car of the Year". Daily Telegraph. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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