A provisional list of candidates before the final seven are announced by mid December, the 2014 COTY contenders include nine Japanese cars, six German, five French, three US, two each from the UK and Korea, and one each from Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.
Segments from sports cars to compact SUVs and people movers are covered, with three electric vehicles also making it into the mix.
According to the rules of the European organisation, all candidates are to be new vehicles currently on sale in five or more European markets, or will be on sale before year’s end, with the prospect of selling at least 5000 units per year.
The winner of COTY 2014 will be revealed on the eve of the Geneva motor show on March 3, 2014.
2014 European Car of the Year (COTY) nominees:
BMW 4 Series
Citroen C4 Picasso
Kia Carens (Rondo)
Range Rover Sport
Mitsubishi Space Star