IAB Report – Several India-bound models are candidates for the 2015 European Car of the Year


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The jury of the 2015 European Car Of The Year award have announced 33 cars in the provisional list of candidates after the first screening process. The final list of 31 candidates will be released by 1st December, 2014.

To enter this contest, the car should be a new vehicle on sale now or before end of 2015 in 5 or more European markets with a possibility to cross a sales mark of 5,000 units annually.

Rear three quarter of the Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport is the only car in the list to be made and exported from India.

After the final list of candidates are chosen, there will be two voting processes, the first of which will shortlist seven nominees by 15 December, 2014, followed by the second one that finalizes the winner which is to be announced on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show on 2 March, 2015.

The following are the cars in the provisional list stacked into three groups for easy assimilation for Indian readers.

Cars available (and to be available) in Indian market:

  1. Audi TT Coupe
  2. Ford EcoSport (also enjoys the distinction of the only India-made car in the roster)
  3. Hyundai i20
  4. Mercedes-Benz C Class
  5. Porsche Macan
  6. Suzuki Celerio
  7. Volkswagen Passat
  8. Mercedes-Benz GLA

Cars withdrawn from Indian market:

  1. Opel Corsa
  2. Nissan X-Trail
  3. Skoda Fabia

Cars not available in Indian market:

  1. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  2. BMW 2 Series Coupe
  3. BMW i8
  4. BMW X4
  5. Citroen C1
  6. Citroen C4 Cactus
  7. Fiat 500X
  8. Ford Mondeo
  9. Infiniti Q50
  10. Jeep Renegade
  11. Kia Soul
  12. Lexus NX
  13. Lexus RC
  14. Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe
  15. Nissan Pulsar
  16. Nissan Qashqai
  17. Peugeot 108
  18. Renault Twingo
  19. Smart ForTwo
  20. Smart ForFour
  21. Subaru WRX STI
  22. Toyota Aygo

The 2014 European Car of the Year was bagged by the Peugeot 308 with 307 points.

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