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BeN

European COTY 2016

Some actually interesting models this time round. Of course, they will still award it to least interesting car, the Astra.  

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...pean-car-year-shortlist-announced
PhilD

Volvo to win!
Nice Guy Eddie

Xc90 for me too
Chris M Wanted a V-10

XC90, MX5 or the Jag....... no real game-changers or radical improvements here except for the XC90 but is it too niche-market or expensive to get the nod?
Stuntman

MX5 gets my vote.
Andy C

The mx5 is really growing on me. I didn't like it at first, but I love it now

Xc90 or XE for me though
PG

XC90 - big car, low CO2 T8 version - so probably gets the nod on the eco bandwagon.

In terms of criticality and new platform, the XE ought to be in there with a good shout.

I would not discount the 7 series. A lot of new tech in there and the motoring press will probably love it.
Nelson

XE will win for me, but I would love to see the Superb win..I'm a big fan, think they look, ergh, superb and have a lovely interior
gooner

I think the Astra will get it with the A4 and XE running it close. I'd like to see the MX5 or XC90 get it but just don't think they will given past results.
Martin

My vote would go to the XC90, but suspect the Astra will win.  I don't see what's new about the XE, or the A4 but the more I see of that the more I like it.
Stuntman

I think it's a shortlist of pretty good cars, to be fair.  I like most, if not all of them and would be happy to have a go in several.
JohnC

Is the XC90 not based on the Touareg/Cayenne to some extent? I like it but I think the most relevant car is the Astra. The A4 is also a significant improvement and if it wasn't made by part of the cheating group I think it would have a chance of the crown.
So, Astra to win, 7 series to be close due to the technology.
Twelfth Monkey

They're not bad cars, but I can't say I have a hankering to own (or even drive) any of them.  XE gets closest in that respect, but it's not exactly a list of innovators.
Roadsterstu

The XC90 is on Volvo's new scalable platform. I don't think there is anything from VAG/Porsche in it.

For me I'd like to see something a bit less mainstream win but suspect the Astra might get it.
Alf McQueef

It's easy to be cynical about a list like that. The XE is at least something new for it's maker, a totally new innovative platform and - at the top of the range at least - beating the ever-victorious 3 series in a lot of the comparisons, first time out, is an achievement.

I like the new MX5 - it has a lot more appeal to me than the last few. For being small, light, focused, and a sensible price, it would be a worthy winner.
PR

XE introduced aluminium intensive architecture to the sector and should win favour for the effort that has gone into its total cost of ownership credentials. As for what's new about it, how about being built in a new factory, on a new platform, and powered by a new engine made in a new manufacturing plant.
TreVoR

It would definitely be the XE for me and failing that, the MX-5.  The rest of that list wants to make me fall asleep.
Frank Bullitt

ECOTY without anything French or Italian on it - the Internet warriors will be ripping their bedroom in their parents house to bits in apoplectic rage as they can't start their annual moaning session.
Big Blue

Mx5 to win with a strong set of second choice points. Volvo 2nd on platform and drivetrain. 7series third on intelligent technology use.

All excite me as did the bread roll my bratwurst came in today.
Michael

They're all worthy of praise but the MX5 does it for me for the downsizing. It seems most relevant.
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:
ECOTY without anything French or Italian on it - the Internet warriors will be ripping their bedroom in their parents house to bits in apoplectic rage as they can't start their annual moaning session.


Unusual, but I can't think of any interesting French or Italian cars that have come out in the last couple of years. I imagine the Italians will be banking on the new 500 which comes out in 2025 regaining the title for them.

Of the list I'd go with the Volvo. Much as I want to like the XE I've yet to see one on the road which makes me go yes, I'd quite like one of those.
BeN

The Citroen Cactus was interesting IMO. Whether in a good or bad way is entirely subjective though.
BeN

It is the Astra. Zzz..

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...stra-named-european-car-year-2016
PhilD

BeN wrote:
It is the Astra. Zzz..

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...stra-named-european-car-year-2016


I think the VFM element means it will always be something like this,  until Citroen really pull their finger out that is.
Racing Teatray

Gosh, I didn't realise the new Astra was that dull. Must be truly forgettable to win ECOTY.
Giant

BeN wrote:
It is the Astra. Zzz..


Racing Teatray wrote:
Gosh, I didn't realise the new Astra was that dull. Must be truly forgettable to win ECOTY.


Don't make me put my moonboots on!...
Martin

When I got back to my car last night there was a brand new red Astra Elite parked next to it.  Looked really smart and having had a quick look on the website, you can get some 'big car' options too (memory seats, Matrix LED voodoo lights etc).
gooner

Martin wrote:
When I got back to my car last night there was a brand new red Astra Elite parked next to it.  Looked really smart and having had a quick look on the website, you can get some 'big car' options too (memory seats, Matrix LED voodoo lights etc).


The estate is on the shortlist as a replacement for the siggy this year, not sure if I want another Vauxhall though.
PG

The new Astra interior looks leagues ahead of the old one.

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