This year's European Car of the Year award was decided by a 58 member jury drawn from publications across the European Union.
In the final round of voting, the Volkswagen Passat scored 340 points, easily beating out its closest contender, the Citroen C4 Cactus on 248 points. Rounding out the podium places was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which finished with 221 points.
In the organising committee's words, the Passat won because it was a "typical VW in that it delivers quality and functionality in every aspect". They also noted that while the new vehicle is lighter and has a smaller footprint than the outgoing model, it is also stiffer and roomier than the previous-gen Passat.
The standings for the finalists are as follows:
The winners over the last decade includes:
2014 - Peugeot 308
2013 – Volkswagen Golf
2012 – Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt
2011 – Nissan Leaf
2010 – Volkswagen Polo
2009 – Opel Insignia
2008 – Fiat 500
2007 – Ford S-Max
2006 – Renault Clio
2005 – Toyota Prius
2004 – Fiat Panda