It’s that time of the year again, where motoring journalists from all over Europe consider which new model is worthy of the coveted Car of the Year title. Now in its 46th year, the 2010 winner will be decided from a list of 33 contenders
You may remember the controversial decision last year, when Vauxhall/Opel’s Insignia narrowly beat the Ford Fiesta, and each year, the voting patterns are questioned in a similar way to the Eurovision Song Contest. While the UK always plays fair, truly voting for the best car, other European states have been accused of awarding points to models produced in their home countries. This year, there’s a rich crop of 33 candidates, which have been whittled down to just seven nominees. Among those left floundering were the Toyota Prius, BMW X1, Hyundai i20 and Land Rover Discovery 4. The shortlist of nominees can be found below.
If What Diesel been had a vote in the annual awards, then those seven nominees could quite quickly drop to six, because the Toyota iQ isn’t sold in diesel form in the UK. With some in-depth thought, that number could be further reduced to three, consisting of Citroën’s spacebox, the C3 Picasso, Skoda’s crossover, the Yeti and the new UK-built, Vauxhall Astra. In the end, it would come down to the most competent vehicle overall, and that would most certainly be the new Astra.
Here’s hoping that other journalists with voting powers use their votes in a responsible manner, and that the workers at Ellesmere Port have something to celebrate. It would make a deserving win for Vauxhall, and second Car of the Year in as many years.
BMW 5 Series GT
Citroën C3 Picasso
Land Rover Discovery 4
Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic
Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo
Toyota Urban Cruiser