Two BMW Models Up for 2016 European Car of the Year Award

The initial 40 candidates for the 2016 European Car of the Year award have been announced and there are two BMWs in the list for this edition. Understandably, the new flagship from Bavaria, the G11 7 Series is one of them while the second model is the brand new X1.
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It might seem like a walk in the park for BMW aficionados, but it certainly won’t be as the competition is as fierce as ever. Amongst the other 38 cars running for this coveted award, you’ll spot the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi Q7, Ferrari 488 GTB, Mercedes AMG GT and new Volvo XC90.

All the cars bring something new and interesting to the table and this will definitely be a close finish. To be eligible to enter this contest, a car has to be on sale before the year’s end in five or more European markets. That makes the 7 Series a close call as the car is bound to go on sale in November this year.

The same can be said about other cars, but we’re sure the 58 journalists that will be settling which one deserves the title will bear that in mind as well. The voting process has two stages. The first step will cut this list short to just seven models and then, in stage two, the winner will be voted on.

The finalists will be announced on December 14th, 2015 and the winner will be revealed close to the debut of the Geneva Motor Show in late February. Here's the complete list for future reference:
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Audi A4
  • Audi Q7
  • Audi R8
  • BMW 7 Series
  • BMW X1
  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Fiat Aegea
  • Ford S-Max/Galaxy
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Jazz
  • Honda HR-V
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Infiniti Q30
  • Jaguar XE
  • Jaguar XF
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Sorento
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Mazda 2
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Mazda MX-5
  • McLaren 570S
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC/GLC Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE/GLE Coupe
  • Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Opel/Vauxhall Astra
  • Opel/Vauxhall Karl
  • Renault Talisman
  • Renault Espace
  • Renault Kadjar
  • Skoda Superb
  • Ssangyong Tivoli
  • Subaru Levorg
  • Subaru Outback
  • Suzuki Vitara
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Mirai
  • Volkswagen Touran
  • Volvo XC90
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