Nominees for 2013 European Car of the Year awards were announced this week, and the listing contained more than a few surprises. Based on the current lineup of eligible cars, an historic triple play could be achieved, if either an electric or a hybrid car snags the 2013 trophy. The last two winners were the Nissan Leaf and the Opel Ampera, an EV and a hybrid-electric, respectively. The full list is below. Post a message and make the case for your favorite car.
An upbeat, informative clip of one of the European COTY entrants is below, namely the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, which is currently sold out. The stylish, and obviously popular, hybrid not only looks great, but made the cut for this year’s awards.
Dreams of a three-peat for electric or hybrid vehicles might be pushing things a bit, since the current roster of nominees includes just three such cars, namely hybrids from Volvo (see video clip above) and Toyota, in addition to the Smart Electric Drive. Also on the list are a number of vehicles that are not even available in the U.S., which is why the awards carry that word, ‘European,’ in their name. In any case, as is true with most every ECOTY listing, the roster is dominated by fuel-efficient, small cars.
The 35 entrants will be cut down in several weeks to a select group of seven finalists. Here is the complete listing of all nominees for European Car of the Year for 2013. See if your favorite made the cut! So as not to influence your preference, we have alphabetized the list. And don’t forget to tell us about your favorite nominee in the comments section below this article.
BMW 3 Series
Hyundai Santa Fe
Mitsubishi ASX / Citroen Aircross / Peugeot 4008
Opel / Vauxhall Adam
Opel / Vauxhall Mokka
Skoda Rapid / Seat Toledo
Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Toyota Prius Plus
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid