2013 Car of the Year Candidates Announced

2013 Car of the Year Candidates Announced

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.

Audi A3

BMW 3-Series

Chevrolet Malibu

Dacia Lodgy

Fiat 500L

Ford B-Max

Honda CR-V

Hyundai i30

Hyundai Santa Fe

Kia Cee’d

Kia Optima

Lancia Flavia

Mazda Mazda6

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi ASX/Citroen Aircross/Peugeot 4008

Opel/Vauxhall Adam

Opel/Vauxhall Mokka

Peugeot 208

Porsche Boxster

Renault Clio

Renault ZOE

Skoda Rapid/SEAT Toledo

smart fortwSo electric drive

Subaru Impreza

Subaru XV

Subaru BRZ/ Toyota GT86

Tata Vista

Toyota Auris

Toyota Yaris plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plus

Volkswagen Golf

Volvo V40

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid

  • Michael Kostukov

    Seriously? No Tesla Model S that just wont 2013 Automobile of the Year by “Automobile” magazine?

  • Michael Kostukov

    “won”, not “wont”