2012 Indica Vista ZX

The provisional list of candidates for the 2013 European Car of the Year (COTY) award has been released and there are 34 vehicles in the list. The eligibility criteria to be part of the nominations are various, including a launch in the past 12 months, projected annual sales of at least 5000 units and availability in 5 European countries. Out of these 34 vehicles, 7 will finally be selected in December and 58 journalists from 22 European countries will decide the winner. Each jury gets 25 points to assign to 5 cars, with not more than 10 points going to a single vehicle.

The list of cars range from different categories with most of the vehicles not on sale in India. However there is one Indian entry, in the form of the Tata Vista. There are little chances of the Tata Vista making it to the top 7. We feel the BMW 3-Series (F30), Hyundai Santa Fe, Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Rapid, Fiat 500L, Volvo V40 and Peugeot 208 will make the cut. We strongly feel the Volkswagen Golf will take top honors, when the results are announced early next year. Which car do you think would become the 2013 European COTY?

2013 European Car of the Year Nominations –

  • Audi A3
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Dacia Lodgy
  • Fiat 500L
  • Ford B-MAX
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai i30
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Cee’d
  • Kia Optima
  • Lancia Flavia
  • Mazda 6
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Mitsubishi ASX / Citroen Aircross / Peugeot 4008
  • Opel Adam
  • Opel Mokka
  • Peugeot 208
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Renault Clio
  • Skoda Rapid / Seat Toledo
  • Smart ED
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV
  • Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86
  • Tata Vista
  • Toyota Auris
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Toyota Prius Plus
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volvo V40
  • Volvo V60 Plug-in

For the 2014 awards, we might see the Ford EcoSport, Tata Aria, Mahindra XUV500, Jaguar F-Type, Range Rover, and Mahindra Quanto in the list of nominations.