The nominees for the 2013 European Car of the Year award have been announced, with a diverse list of 34 new vehicles vying for the prestigious title.
To be eligible, the vehicles must have been launched in the past 12 months or be expected to go on sale before the end of 2012, be available in at least five European countries, and have a projected annual sales figure of no fewer than 5000 units.
The provisional list will be narrowed to a shortlist of seven vehicles in December after a jury of 58 journalists from 22 European countries vote for their favourites.
The overall winner of the 2013 European Car of the Year award will be announced early next year, when it will join recent winners including the Chevrolet Volt (2012), Nissan Leaf (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), Opel Insignia (2009) and the Fiat 500 (2008).
2013 European Car of the Year Nominees:
Meanwhile, the first cull has been made to the long list of nominees for the 2013 North American Car of the Year and 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards
In total, 19 cars and five trucks/utilities (what we call SUVs and light-commercial vehicles in Australia) have been cut to leave a shortlist of 11 cars and 10 SUVs and light-commercials.
Included in the list of vehicles that failed to make the cut are Chevrolet Spark (Holden Barina Spark), Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV (Jazz EV), Lexus GS and LS, Porsche 911, SRT Viper, Subaru XV, Tesla Model S, and the Mercedes-Benz G-, GL- and GLK-Class SUVs.
2013 North American Car of the Year shortlist:
2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year shortlist: