The big automotive news in Europe in March was the announcement of this year’s European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show Seven cars made the shortlist, and after a series of tests in February, the winner was revealed as the Peugeot 308, taking the crown from the Vauxhall Astra.
Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot since September 2016 was visibly very touched:” We are so happy. It is a great moment and I am very proud to receive this prize for our Peugeot 3008.” The criteria taken into consideration for the award are, in addition to the innovation and the security, the design and the value for money. And the runner’s up were?
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The last Alfa Romeo to be named European Car of the Year was the 147 in 2001. Sure, the 159 finished third in 2006 and the Giulietta finished a close second in 2011, but it’s been a while since an Alfa finished top of the tree.
Citroen has played a canny card with the new C3. Its chunky styling – complete with C4 Cactus style Airbumps – gives it the look of a crossover, while the innovative Connected CAM is likely to appeal to younger, tech-savvy audience.
The only German car to make the cut just happens to be one of the best new cars of the past 12 months. There’s a Mercedes-Benz E-Class to suit all tastes, from the standard saloon through to the forthcoming All-Terrain estate.
In 1993, the Nissan Micra K11 was named European Car of the Year. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, as the Micra evolved into a shadow of its former self. The fifth generation K14 represents a radical change of direction for the Micra.
According to Toyota Japan, the C-HR name is derived from ‘Compact High Rider’ and ‘Cross Hatch Run-about’,
while Toyota GB claims it stands for ‘Coupe High Rider’. Whatever, the C-HR is one of the sharpest looking cars of recent years. Volvo
Volvo has never lifted the European Car of the Year trophy, although the XC90 came pretty close in 2016. If the award is based on interior ambience and a sense of calm, the Volvo S90 and V90 met that requirement.
A Taste of Things to Come; the Volkswagen Sedric Concept Car
Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group said “We are convinced that fully-automated vehicles will make life in our cities better, more eco-friendly and above all safer. Sedric gives the first concrete foretaste of that today. Sedric is a trailblazer and idea platform for autonomous driving. Many elements and functions of this concept car will reappear in vehicles from our brands in the coming years” Meanwhile Ledorga, the organisers of the European Gay Car of the Year since 2005, have announced the winner of this year’s award of the 2017 European Gay Car of the Year, won by the Fiat 124 Spider. We’re not sure what makes up the criteria for this award or what makes a car ‘gay’, but convertibles have featured very prominently over the years and this year is no exception.