2013 European Car of the Year Nominations (Audi, Chevrolet, Porsche, Hyundai, Honda, FORD, Mazda, Renault, BMW, Mitsubishi Motors, Peugeot, Subaru BRZ, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, ) , European Car of the Year History , European Car of the Year Current rules and European Car of the Year Results: 1964–2012 caroftheyear.org
2013 European Car of the Year Nominations LIST
Hyundai Santa Fe
Mitsubishi ASX / Citroen Aircross / Peugeot 4008
Skoda Rapid / Seat Toledo
Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Toyota Prius Plus
Volvo V60 Plug-in
European Car of the Year History
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.
European Car of the Year Current rules
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.
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. 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 is the only car to have won the award more than once; the original Clio won the 1991 award, and the third generation won the award in 2006.
European Car of the Year Results: 1964–2012