2016 European Car of the Year nominees announced

The first list of 40 vehicles competing for the 2016 European Car of the Year title have been announced and it is a very interesting bunch, including SUVs, big luxury saloons, sports cars and small city cars.

All the candidates for the award have to be either already on sale or by the end of this year in at least five European market.

A new shorter list will be announced on December 1 and then a final short list of seven finalists will be announced on December 14.

The winner will be revealed next March during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Last year the award went to the Volkswagen Passat, in 2014 the Peugeot 308 won the title.

Here are the candidates for the 2016 European Car of the Year award:
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A4
Audi Q7
Audi R8
BMW 7 Series
Ferrari 488 GTB
Fiat Aegea
Ford S-Max / Galaxy
Ford Edge
Ford Mustang
Honda Jazz
Honda HR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Infiniti Q30
Jaguar XE
Jaguar XF
Kia Optima
Kia Sorento
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mazda CX-3
Mazda MX-5
McLaren 570S
Mercedes-Benz GLC / GLC Coupe
Mercedes-Benz GLE / GLE Coupe
Mercedes-AMG GT
Opel Karl
Opel Astra
Renault Talisman
Renault Espace
Renault Kadjar
Ssangyong Tivoli
Subaru Levorg
Subaru Outback
Suzuki Vitara
Škoda Superb
Tesla Model X
Toyota Mirai
Volkswagen Touran
Volvo XC90

Our guess is that the final list of seven will include Skoda Superb, Volvo XC90, Mazda CX-3, BMW 7 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE.

Would love to see the Model X also on that list, but unlikely it is on sale in Europe by that time.


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