The long list of 35 candidates for the 2013 Car of the Year award have just been announced, which will eventually be downsized to seven cars from which a winner will be picked.
58 journalists representing 22 European countries come together to choose the Car of the Year every year. Each one is hand picked by the existing board, and no profit is gained by any of the participating members.
The cars are judged based on 10 categories, which are: design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, and price. Only vehicles that have been released in the last 12 months and that are essentially new qualify for the award. If a car simply received new options this year, it will not qualify. It must also be available in at least five European countries, and have a projected sales number of at least 5,000 units a year.
In January, the list will be downsized to seven finalists from which the Journalists will pick a winner. Each voting member gets 25 points that he or she can assign across five cars, with 10 points being the maximum number that can be assigned to a single car. Categories are forgone in this competition, so that there is one clear and decisive winner in the end.
2013 Car of the Year candidates.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Mitsubishi ASX/Citroen Aircross/Peugeot 4008
Skoda Rapid/SEAT Toledo
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Subaru BRZ/ Toyota GT86
Toyota Yaris plug-in hybrid
Toyota Prius Plus
Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid