Thirty five cars have been nominated for the first stage of the European Car of The Year 2012 award – proof positive that the car industry continues to attempt to build itself out of the current economic crisis. The British contingent is represented by just one car this year, the Range Rover Evoque, which rides high from a series of impressive first drives. Will that be enough to help it claim overall victory?
Historic precedent would indicate that the more likely winner would be the Fiat Panda or Volkswagen Up! although following the Nissan Leaf’s landmark victory last year, perhaps one of the alternatively fuelled cars from Renault, or the range extending GM (Vauxhall) Ampera is in the running.
The full list is repeated below – and the format of the competition is that all of the contenders are new vehicles available now or before year’s end in five or more European markets, and each has the prospect of at least 5000 yearly sales (thus ruling out the MG6 based on current sales of Longbridge-built cars). The voting process has two stages. The first one will produce a short list of seven nominees, which will be announced on 9 January 2012. The second round will find the single winner that will be made known on 5 March 2012.
Good luck Land Rover!
Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4
Range Rover Evoque
Renault Fluence Z.E
Renault Kangoo Z.E
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
More at www.caroftheyear.org
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