2012 Car of the Year (Europe) Nominees

Most of the cars below won’t even be sold here in our beloved country but its interesting to note those in the list that will be. Something to look forward to next year.

Last year’s winner was the Nissan Leaf, the first electric car to ever win the contest. With a score of 257 points, the Leaf barely beat the Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s 248 points. The Opel/Vauxhall Meriva came in at a very close third with 244.

Only cars launched or presented in the 12 months before the contest are eligible. They have to be entirely new models, not just aesthetic and/or mechanical updates of an existing car. They also have to be on sale in at least five European countries at the time of the competition, and they must have a projected sales volume of at least 5,000 cars a year.

Below is a list of the 35 cars that will compete in this year’s contest.

Audi A6 and Q3

BMW 1-Series and 6-Series

Chevrolet Aveo and Orlando

Citroen DS4 and DS5

Fiat Panda

Ford Focus

Honda Civic

Hyundai i40 and Veloster

Kia Picanto and Rio

Lancia Ypsilon

Lexus GS

Mazda CX-5

Mercedes-Benz B-Class, M-Class and SLK-Class

Opel Ampera/Chevrolet Volt

Opel Zafira Tourer

Peugeot 508 and 3008 HYbrid4

Porsche 911 (991)

Ranger Rover Evoque

Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Fluence Z.E.

Ssangyong Korando

Toyota Verso S/Subaru Trezia

Toyota Yaris

Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta , Up!

Korean Plans for World Domination Continues with the New Hyundai i30

Forget about the current Hyundai i30 which is an overpriced flop here in PH. The upcoming new model though, is another thing. The i30 has a unique interpretation of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language with its blacked out front bumpers and curved horizontal grille treatment. Specs and details of this Elantra hatch will be revealed next week at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Will HARI release it here? We hope so… And please don’t screw up the pricing this time.