The shortlist has been published for the 2014 Car of the Year, which aims to find the most outstanding new car of the last 12 months.
It includes the BMW i3, which is the first instalment in BMW’s family of electric ‘iCars’, and the Citroen C4 Picasso, which is the latest MPV from the French manufacturer.
They are joined by Mazda 3, the third-gen 3 family hatchback that is lighter than before thanks to Mazda’s energy-saving ‘SkyActiv’ tech, as well as the Mercedes S-class, the latest luxury model from the German firm.
The Peugeot 308 is also on the list, along with the Skoda Octavia, which is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk’s fully electric limo
The process of choosing the Car of the Year is a long one, with, 32 nominees initially chosen by 59 motoring journalists from 23 nations, with each juror picking their seven favourites with the most common choices carried forward.
It is not only price and performance that are taken into account, as safety, value and practicality are considered alongside innovation, tech, and driver enjoyment.
This process ensures that people getting behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle on a car leasing contract can be sure that all aspects have been taken into account.
Two of the jurors at CAR magazine, European editor Georg Kacher and CAR editor Phil McNamara, said the shortlist highlights the best of all worlds.
They added: “It’s a good shortlist, reflecting the breadth of great cars the industry is producing. There are two very different electric cars – both of which bring something new to the EV market – strong C-segment cars from mainstream car makers, and the latest technological masterpiece from Mercedes-Benz.”
After the publication of the shortlist, a test-driving programme of each model will now take place, with the winner announced on March 3rd at the Geneva motor show.
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