The nominees for the upcoming 2014 European Car of the Year (COTY) award have been released.

BMW 4 Series

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.

Jaguar F-Type Unveiled At The Paris Auto Show 2012

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.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf claimed the COTY title for 2013, finishing ahead of the Toyota 86/Subaru BR-Z and the Volvo V40.

2014 European Car of the Year (COTY) nominees:

BMW 4 Series

BMW i3

BMW X5

Citroen C4 Picasso

Ford EcoSport

Ford Kuga

Hyundai i10

Jaguar F-Type

Kia Carens (Rondo)

Range Rover Sport

Lexus IS

Maserati Ghibli

Mazda 3

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mitsubishi Space Star

Nissan Note

Opel Cascada

Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 308

Porsche Cayman

Renault Captur

Renault Zoe

Seat Leon

Skoda Octavia

Subaru Forester

Suzuki SX4

Tesla S

Toyota Auris

Toyota Corolla

Toyota RAV4