Shortlisted from a group of forty nominees announced in July, today’s list of seven vehicles includes four premium marques and three volume-selling brands.
All but one are of the passenger variety, with the new Mazda MX-5 standing out as the only pure sports offering in the pack.
And, having already been declared Japan’s car of the year, the latest generation of Mazda’s legendary roadster is in with a strong chance.
Large executive offerings are represented by the new BMW 7 Series and the more affordable new Skoda Superb, along with the large Volvo XC90, now a more premium offering that looks to go toe-to-toe with the luxury establishment.
The winning car for the 2016 award will be announced at March’s Geneva motor show.
Which do you think will take the prize?
To read the full list of vehicles nominated in July, see our earlier article here.