2012 Car of the Year Nominees Announced

A 35 strong list of vehicles that are available now or will be before the end of the year has been announced for the 2012 Car of the Year competition. To be eligible, the vehicles had to be sold in at least five European markets, and each have to have a chance at 5,000 sales per year.
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The competition will run in two stages, with the 35 to be thinned out to just seven, a new list being announced next year on January 9th. The second round will select the final winner which will be announced on Mach 5h, 2012.

We don’t want to pick favorites, but names like the new BMW 1-Series, Ford Focus, Kia Picanto, Porsche 911 and VW’s Beetle stand out at first glance.

Here’s the full list of candidates for the Car of the Year 2012:
  • Audi A6
  • Audi Q3
  • BMW 1-Series
  • BMW 6-Series
  • Chevrolet Aveo
  • Chevrolet Orlando
  • Citroen DS4
  • Citroen DS5
  • Fiat Panda
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai i40
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Kia Picanto
  • Kia Rio
  • Lancia Ypsilon
  • Lexus GS
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt
  • Opel Zafira Tourer
  • Peugeot 508
  • Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4
  • Porsche 911
  • Ranger Rover Evoque
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E.
  • Renault Fluence Z.E.
  • Ssangyong Korando
  • Toyota Verso S/Subaru Trezia
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen up!
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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