Performance car magazine evo has announced its line-up for eCoty 2015, the European Car of the Year awards.
As well as handling and performance, the eleven models will be competing for first place based on their design, comfort, and safety, along with value for money, driver satisfaction, and technical and environmental innovations.
The European Car of the Year award was set up in 1964. It is judged by motoring journalists, and was set up by the publishers of various car magazines. Previous winners have included the Citroën GS in 1971, the Ford Escort Mk III in 1981, and the Renault Clio in 1991.
The award is not only for European manufacturers, hence the inclusion on evo’s list of international marques like Chevrolet and Honda, but a car must be available in at least five European countries to qualify.
It isn’t a surprise to see names like Lotus, Mercedes-AMG, McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini in the list.
If the contest operated on speed alone, the McLaren 675 LT would be a likely winner. Lamborghini’s Aventador LP750-4 SV is widely agreed to be the best car the Italian firm has ever produced. Ferrari’s 488 GTB replaces the 458. With a turbocharged V8 engine and automatic dual clutch transmission, it offers superb handling and grip.
The Lotus Evora 400 represents a cosmetic and technical upgrade to the already impressive Evora S, while the Merc represents an all new design, created to be practical enough for everyday use and to give the Porsche 911 a run for its money. Porsche itself has two entries going through to the final, with the 911 GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4.
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Evo’s entrants might all have high performance in common, but they are otherwise more varied than you might expect. If the budget, and the insurance policy, won’t stretch to a supercar, how about a hot hatch? The Peugeot 208 GTI and SEAT Leon Cupra Ultimate Sub8 both offer top handling from a production car you can bring the shopping home in. Elsewhere, Honda’s Civic Type R ticks the practicality and functionality boxes while still providing a great drive.
The results of the competition are sure to affect the motor trade, with the finalists as well as the eventual winner attracting attention. Sales of both new and used cars are likely to benefit from the publicity, so while a Porsche Cayman GT4 on trade plates is an obvious attention grabber, its presence in the eCoty list will also increase interest in its predecessor, the GT3.