Europe’s Car of the Year 2011 Shortlist Announced

The 41 contenders for Europe’s 2011 Car of the Year trophy have been whittled down to the final seven as the European 2011 Car of the Year shortlist is announced on Tuesday.

  •  There were 41 candidates eligible for the European 2011 Car of the Year award, with quite a few big names being mentioned, such as the Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes Benz CLS. This week, the list was narrowed down to just seven finalists and, as in previous years, some of them weren't really expected to make it this far. The winner will be voted for by 59 of Europe's most influential motoring journalists. And the nominees are… Picture: Car Of The Year There were 41 candidates eligible for the European 2011 Car of the Year award, with quite a few big names being mentioned, such as the Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes Benz CLS. This week, the list was narrowed down to just seven finalists and, as in previous years, some of them weren't really expected to make it this far. The winner will be voted for by 59 of Europe's most influential motoring journalists. And the nominees are… Picture: Car Of The Year
  • 2011 Volvo S60: The S60 is a truly beautiful car, a tribute to the so-called IKEA design, one that seems to signal Volvo's renaissance. Contrary to its predecessor, the new model is meant to compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and etc. Younger buyers could be persuaded by the 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 petrol engine, with 304 hp (227 kW) on tap, while the more "mature" public can opt for frugal 4 or 5-cylinder diesel engines. Volvo's excellent safety record is another good point for the S60. But is it enough of an all-rounder to be victorious overall? Photo: Volvo2011 Volvo S60: The S60 is a truly beautiful car, a tribute to the so-called IKEA design, one that seems to signal Volvo's renaissance. Contrary to its predecessor, the new model is meant to compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and etc. Younger buyers could be persuaded by the 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 petrol engine, with 304 hp (227 kW) on tap, while the more "mature" public can opt for frugal 4 or 5-cylinder diesel engines. Volvo's excellent safety record is another good point for the S60. But is it enough of an all-rounder to be victorious overall? Photo: Volvo
  • 2011 Opel Meriva: The new Opel Meriva wants to build on its predecessor's success (it was the leader of the small MPV segment), by using a bigger platform for more interior space and increased boot capacity. It has also gained a pair of clever rear-hinged doors, which also add a stylish note to the Meriva's design. Multiple engine choices are available, with strong, economical diesels taking center stage. Enough to take 'Car of the Year' top slot? Photo: Opel2011 Opel Meriva: The new Opel Meriva wants to build on its predecessor's success (it was the leader of the small MPV segment), by using a bigger platform for more interior space and increased boot capacity. It has also gained a pair of clever rear-hinged doors, which also add a stylish note to the Meriva's design. Multiple engine choices are available, with strong, economical diesels taking center stage. Enough to take 'Car of the Year' top slot? Photo: Opel
  • 2011 Ford C-Max Grand: The old Ford C-Max was great to drive but never hit the spot as it lacked seven seats. Ford has cured this with the latest Grand C-Max, which also gains sliding rear doors. But the vim of the original C-Max is retained in the conventional car, for those who still only need five seats but seek sporty looks. Photo: Ford2011 Ford C-Max Grand: The old Ford C-Max was great to drive but never hit the spot as it lacked seven seats. Ford has cured this with the latest Grand C-Max, which also gains sliding rear doors. But the vim of the original C-Max is retained in the conventional car, for those who still only need five seats but seek sporty looks. Photo: Ford
  • 2011 Dacia Duster: UK and US buyers are not yet familiar with the Dacia range, but they will be from 2012. It will be launched in Renault dealers as a practical, cut-price alternative brand. The 'Car of the Year 2011' title for the smart-looking Duster would help it hit the ground running in the UK and US. Photo: Dacia2011 Dacia Duster: UK and US buyers are not yet familiar with the Dacia range, but they will be from 2012. It will be launched in Renault dealers as a practical, cut-price alternative brand. The 'Car of the Year 2011' title for the smart-looking Duster would help it hit the ground running in the UK and US. Photo: Dacia
  • 2011 Citroen DS3: Citroën offers two takes on a supermini here: the conventional five-door is an alternative to the VW Polo. The smart DS3 three-door is, however, a premium-style alternative to a MINI. A winning two-pronged approach? Photo: Citroen2011 Citroen DS3: Citroën offers two takes on a supermini here: the conventional five-door is an alternative to the VW Polo. The smart DS3 three-door is, however, a premium-style alternative to a MINI. A winning two-pronged approach? Photo: Citroen
  • 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta: No 'Car of the Year' final should be without an Alfa Romeo. The best Alfa in years isn't quite a class-leader to drive, but makes up for it with superb coupé-like styling and a classy image. An Alfa you can justify: will the judges agree? Photo: Alfa Romeo2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta: No 'Car of the Year' final should be without an Alfa Romeo. The best Alfa in years isn't quite a class-leader to drive, but makes up for it with superb coupé-like styling and a classy image. An Alfa you can justify: will the judges agree? Photo: Alfa Romeo
  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: Nissan's EV is quite a technological marvel that's set to get a lot of political backing in the following years, as many governments try to change people's opinions on alternative fuels. With a range of more than a 100 miles (160 km), the Leaf can be used as an everyday car without any major impediments, the 110 hp (80 kW) electric motor being more than up to the task. Is it a smart enough game-changer to head the 2011 'Car of the Year' list? Photo: Nissan2011 Nissan Leaf: Nissan's EV is quite a technological marvel that's set to get a lot of political backing in the following years, as many governments try to change people's opinions on alternative fuels. With a range of more than a 100 miles (160 km), the Leaf can be used as an everyday car without any major impediments, the 110 hp (80 kW) electric motor being more than up to the task. Is it a smart enough game-changer to head the 2011 'Car of the Year' list? Photo: Nissan

The 41 contenders for Europe’s 2011 Car of the Year trophy have been whittled down to the final seven as the European 2011 Car of the Year shortlist is announced on Tuesday.

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