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2015 European Car of the Year nominees announced

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By Antony Ingram


The title of European Car of the Year is one all manufacturers selling in Europe want to win, and there's sure to be hot debate over 2015's victor now the nominations list has been revealed in full.

To be eligible, a vehicle has to be a new vehicle in the year of voting or available before the end of that year, in at least five or more European markets. That explains some of the more unusual choices on the list, like the next-gen Audi TT and the new Smart ForTwo, which aren't actually on sale now but will be in 2015. It's an eclectic list, covering everything from city cars to luxury vehicles, and traditionally it's been humbler, more practical choices that have taken the title.

Last year's victor, for instance, was the Peugeot 308—a Ford Focus-sized compact car that drew praise for its handsome design and focus on light weight. VW's seventh-generation Golf won in 2013, and the previous two years' winners were the Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt, and the Nissan Leaf. BMW will be hoping to overcome its disappointment from 2014 where its i3 electric vehicle lost out to the Peugeot—its i8 sports car is eligible this year.

Based on previous winners there are a few cars almost certain to make the final few nominations—the unusual Citroen C4 Cactus for instance, and the Renault Twingo, while the highly-regarded Nissan Qashqai crossover is also in with a chance. A short-list of seven nominees will be announced on December 15, while the victor will be revealed on March 2, 2015—the day before the 2015 Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

Hit the next page to see the full list of nominees.

Below are the 33 nominees for the 2015 European Car of the Year award:

    Audi TT Coupe

    BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

    BMW 2-Series Coupe

    BMW i8

    BMW X4

    Citroen C1

    Citroen C4 Cactus

    Fiat 500X

    Ford EcoSport

    Ford Mondeo

    Hyundai i20

    Infiniti Q50

    Jeep Renegade

    Kia Soul

    Lexus NX

    Lexus RC

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Mercedes-Benz GLA

    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

    Nissan Pulsar

    Nissan Qashqai

    Nissan X-Trail

    Opel Corsa

    Peugeot 108

    Porsche Macan

    Renault Twingo

    Skoda Fabia

    Smart ForTwo

    Smart ForFour

    Subaru WRX STI

    Suzuki Celerio

    Toyota Aygo

    Volkswagen Passat


This story originally appeared at Motor Authority

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