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by Tim Beissmann

Thirty-four new vehicles have been announced as candidates for the 2014 European Car of the Year award.

The initial list includes cars from 23 different manufacturers. BMW heads the list with four vehicles in the running (2 Series Active Tourer and Coupe, i8, and X4). Mercedes-Benz (C-Class, GLA-Class and S-Class Coupe) and Nissan (Pulsar, Qashqai and X-Trail) have three cars on the list, while Citroen (C1 and C4 Cactus), Ford (EcoSport and Mondeo), Lexus (NX and RC) and Smart (Fortwo and Forfour) each have two.

German manufacturers dominate the list, with 13 models nominated for this year’s award. Japan is also well represented with nine vehicles, ahead of France (four), US (three), South Korea (two), and England, Italy and the Czech Republic with one each.

Among the contenders are two cars that are yet to be revealed, the Fiat 500X and the new Hyundai i20.

Audi-TTS-Coupe

To be eligible, vehicles need to be on sale before the end of the year in five or more European countries and have projected annual sales of at least 5000 units.

A seven-vehicle shortlist will be announced on December 15 before a single winner is announced on the eve of the 2015 Geneva motor show on March 2.

Recent winners include the Volkswagen Golf (2013), Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt (2012), Nissan Leaf (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010) and the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia (2009).

 

2014 European Car of the Year nominees:

Audi TT
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 2 Series Coupe
BMW i8
BMW X4
Citroen C1
Citroen C4 Cactus
Fiat 500X
Ford EcoSport
Ford Mondeo
Hyundai i20
Infiniti Q50
Jeep Renegade
Kia Soul
Lexus NX
Lexus RC
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
Mini Cooper
Nissan Pulsar
Nissan Qashqai
Nissan X-Trail
Opel Corsa
Peugeot 108
Porsche Macan
Renault Twingo
Skoda Fabia
Smart Fortwo
Smart Forfour
Subaru WRX STI
Suzuki Celerio
Toyota Aygo
Volkswagen Passat




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