Of course there is a French crossover. That just has to be done.

It is a fixed prick at the end of each year. The Car of the Year election. Just like the Eurovision Song Contest and the Top 2000 it is, of course, an election of nothing, actually. French people vote for French cars, Germans use German cars and the Japanese fall out of the boat. Disaster cars like the Fiat Bravo, Alfa 147, Peugeot 307 and Renault Mégane have managed to get the title.

After the Volkswagen Polo became ‘Car of the Year’ in 2010 , there was a lot of criticism. More attention should be paid to innovation, a sound that the organization has been trumpeting since the year 2000. In 2011 , the Nissan Leaf was on the honor podium and in 2012 the Opel Ampera was the (justified) winner. Then they found it good with innovation. So the price went in 2013 to the, eh, Volkswagen Golf.

Anyway, the whining on ‘ECOTY’ (European Car Of The Year) is just as old as the election itself. That is why we can get back on track, because the shortlist of 2018 has been announced! Some 60 judges from 23 countries have their vote, which resulted in the overview below. The second series of votes will be released in 2019. The winner will be announced at the Geneva Salon.

Alpine A110

Citroen C5 Aircross

Ford Focus

Jaguar I-Pace

Kia Ceed

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Peugeot 508


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