16th December 2014
The final seven cars nominated for the 2015 European Car of the Year award have been revealed by organisers and Lookers are proud to see many of the brands they represent being praised. The final seven cars were whittled down from a total of 31 candidates, with the final winner set to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2nd, 2015.
The awards will be judged by a panel of experts from across Europe and will include Autocars Matt Prior and Top Gears Paul Hornell. All the cars on the list must have been released in the last 12 months and be new models not simply have been cosmetically changed or have a new engine/transmission. Each judge will have tested the cars before awarding them points in varying factors including design, comfort, safety, and performance to name a few. Technical innovation and value for money are two of the most important factors the judges will be assessing before they make their decisions. The cars also have to have went on sale in at least five European markets in the last year and have predicted sales of at least 5,000 volumes.
Last year saw the popular Peugeot 308 take home the award for Car of the Year, unfortunately this year the French manufacturers have no nominated cars on the list. The first nominee for 2015 Car of the Year is the BMW2 Series Active Tourer which has been nominated for its practicality and for being the first time the manufacturers have put front wheel drive in one of their BMW models.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
Fellow German manufacturers Mercedes-Benz also have a model in the final seven - the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The new C-Class model has more room, and is wider and longer than previous models, showing that the German manufacturers listen to the changing needs of their consumers.
The Citroen C4 Cactus is also up for the award making it an extremely successful year for the quirky car since it was launched in autumn this year. The Cactus has again been praised for its innovative new design which features new Airbump® technology fitted to the side and rear of the car to protect it against bumps and scrapes. Ford also have a model up for the coveted award - the all new Ford Mondeo which was released earlier in the year. The new Mondeo comes with a new range of economical engines and innovative new technologies. The new Mondeo has been based on their American Fusion model and has more room on the inside making a more comfortable drive.
The all new Ford Mondeo
After a very successful few years the new Nissan Qashqai is up for the Car of the Year award following on from the success of its predecessor model which has picking up awards for its striking design and comfortable ride since it was released in 2013. The Qashqai was named What Car's 'Overall Car of the Year in 2014, and the judges of this year's Car of the Year award have chosen the new Qashqai for its sleeker design and longer wheelbase. Renault were also on the list with the Twingo being nominated. The new 5-door model has become extremely popular since it release and has already picked up a 'City car of the Year' award from Top Gear magazine.
Finally Volkswagen has secured a nomination with their new Passat model which has efficient turbcharged engines and new stop-start technology. The Passat is now in its eight generation and has been one of the German manufactures most popular models since its release almost 40 years ago.
The new model Volkswagen Passat
So there we have it the final seven cars hoping to be crowned 'Car of the Year 2015', each of them are deserving winners but it will be up to the specially selected judges to decide who takes home the title. Good luck to all of the manufacturers who have been nominated everyone at Lookers looks forward to hearing the result in March next year.
By Jenna Niblock