2010 European Car of the Year shortlist announced

Published: 24 June 2009

Early nominations for the 2010 European Car of the Year award have been announced, and the initial list of 29 cars includes a few that aren't even on sale yet. However, the European Car of the Year organisation expects the list of nominees to expand even further, before motoring journalist from across Europe vote in September 2009 to cull the entrants and create a seven-car shortlist. The overall winner will then be announced at the end of the year.

The Vauxhall/Opel Insignia scooped the European Car of the Year gong in 2009 – by a single point – with the Ford Fiesta in second place, and the VW Golf in third.

CAR Magazine's editor Phil McNamara and European editor Georg Kacher are both judges for the award, and the full list of 2010 nominations are:


Chevrolet Cruze

Citroen C3 Picasso

Ford Ka

Honda Insight

Hyundai i20

Hyundai ix55

Kia Sorento

Kia Soul

Land Rover Discovery 4

Lexus RX450h

Mazda 3

Mercedes-Benz E-class

Mitsubishi Colt

Nissan 370Z

Nissan Cube

Vauxhall/Opel 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

VW Polo

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy