2010 European Car of the Year Nominees

The European Car of the Year nominee list is now available, pending the announcing of the winner in November this year. Although the list is not yet complete, we can now give you a taste of what to expect to see in Europe this year.

Alphabetically, the nominees are: BMW Z4, Chevrolet Cruze, Citroen C3 Picasso, Ford Ka, Honda Insight, Hyundai i20, Hyundai ix55, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Land Rover Discovery4, Lexus RX450h, Mazda 3, Mercedes Benz E Klasse, Mitsubishi Colt, Nissan 370Z, Nissan Cube, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 3008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic, Seat Exeo, Skoda Yeti, Subaru Legacy, Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo, Toyota Avensis, Toyota iQ, Toyota Prius, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Toyota Verso and Volkswagen Polo.

The cars nominated for this year's awards are either already available on the European market, or will become so in the following months. By the end of September, their number may be larger than 30, the organizers say.

As you can see for yourselves, the nominees are, basically, just about every single car sold in Europe this year, except, for instance, the Fiat 500C. The minumun requirements for vehicles to enter the race aren't so hard to overcome, as they must have sales forecast of some 5,000 units a year and must be available in at least five European countries.

Some strange entries can be found in the list, like the Porsche Panamera or the Nissan 370Z. We say strange because, even if it is unlikely one of the two will win the award, it's somewhat of a stretch, given that most Europeans can't afford one of the two. But, since they meet the requirements...

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