The shortlist for the 2013 European Car of the Year award has been revealed, with eight vehicles in line to receive the illustrious accolade.
A total of 32 cars which all hit the market over the next 12 months were in line to receive the award originally.
However, the fact that the prize was won by alternative propulsion vehicles the Nissan Leaf and the Vauxhall Ampera over the past two years led the judges to take the plug-in hybrids the Volvo V60 and all-new Toyota Prius out of the running.
All-aluminium-alloy monocoque motors such as the Mercedes-Benz SL and the next-generation Range Rover were also spurned by the judging panel, as well as eye-catching SUVs such as the Citroen C4 Aircross, the Subaru XV and the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Once all the cutting and tough decisions were agreed, drivers have been left to muse over eight vehicles that comprise of six conventional B- and C-segment hatchbacks, a sporting coupe and a compact MPV.
The Peugeot 208 is sure to catch the eye with its high-quality interior design and brilliant choice of engines, while the all-new Renault Clio is set to be more stylish, more entertaining and more sporting than its rivals.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz A-class is a perfect balance between premium and non-premium vehicles, though attention has to be paid to the plush and competent Volvo V40.
The very accessible nature of the Ford B-Max is sure to garner plenty of votes for 2013 European Car of the Year mind, while the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ are speed machines available for much cheaper than drivers would expect.
Rounding out the shortlist is the distinctive Hyundai i30 and an all-new Volkswagen Golf which has a great opportunity to become the must-have family hatchback of 2013.
The Golf has long been a popular brand in the Volkswagen family, as is evident by the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDi 140 GT five-door DSG Diesel Hatchback.
Motorists who take advantage of a great car leasing deal on offer for this vehicle will be able to drive away with a motor later today that can achieve 0-62mph in just 9.3 seconds for just £199.99 per month.
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