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2011 Car of the Year: 7 Finalists Announced

There were 41 candidates eligible for the European 2011 Car of the Year (COTY) award, with quite a few big names being mentioned, such as the Audi A7 Sportback and A8, BMW 5-Series and X3, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes Benz CLS. This week, the list was narrowed down to just seven finalists and, as in previous years, some of them weren't really expected to make it this far.

Our summary affords the last applicants in alphabetical order, with the winner set to be announced on November 29. We'd certainly want to realize which of the seven automobiles could get your vote, though, so comment away underneath.

And the nominees are?

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

No COTY very last must be with out an Alfa Romeo. The Italian manufacturer builds some of the most stunning and horny cars on the earth. For this alone they deserve a nomination. The Giulietta isn't any exception, as it revives the name of the first industrially produced Alfa. Fortunately, in contrast to its Fifties predecessor, the current day Giulietta is a miles more dependable and more secure vehicle (it has a 5 superstar EuroNCAP score), with a wide variety of engine alternatives, of which the 235 hp (175 kW) 1.Eight-liter turbocharged version simply sticks out.


Citro?N C3/DS3

Citro?N is also called a design reference, even though its creations do not stir as tons ardour as Alfas. They're more eccentric, weird even, but by and large in an amazing way. The new C3/DS3 pair keeps this fashion, albeit with better interiors, extra widespread device and superb petrol and diesel engines. The panoramic Zenith windscreen deserves unique recognition, as it no longer only looks cool, but it additionally drastically improves the attitude of vision from in the cabin.


Dacia Duster

I grew up round Dacias and it is obvious that Renault did an awesome activity revitalizing the Romanian emblem, but I wasn't awaiting this. Sure, it's far the most low-cost European SUV, it does have a bigger-than-predicted indoors (and boot), enormously top off-avenue abilties and first rate engines (specifically the 85 hp [63 kW] 1.5-liter diesel), however I didn't think its picture became robust sufficient to be a COTY finalist (although it is getting more potent every day). Still, occasionally it's correct to be demonstrated incorrect.


Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max

The authentic C-Max become criticized for now not having seven seats. Enter the Grand C-Max, now appropriate for 7 passengers way to its stretched wheelbase and a foldable 0.33 row of seats. This technology of C-Max also showcases Ford's new direct injection, pressure inducted Ecoboost engines, with ample power (as much as a hundred and eighty hp/134 kW) and torque, plus correct gasoline efficiency.


Nissan Leaf

Nissan's EV is quite a technological wonder that is set to get loads of political backing within the following years, as many governments attempt to exchange human beings's opinions on opportunity fuels. With a variety of greater than a one hundred miles (a hundred and sixty km), the Leaf may be used as an everyday vehicle with none important impediments, the one hundred ten hp (80 kW) electric powered motor being greater than up to the undertaking, reviewers say.


Opel/Vauxhall Meriva

The new Meriva wants to build on its predecessor's success (it was the leader of the small MPV phase), by using the use of a bigger platform for extra indoors space and accelerated boot capacity. Access to the cabin has been dramatically stepped forward through the rear "suicide" (or rear-hinged) doorways, which also upload a stylish notice to the Meriva's design. Multiple engine picks are to be had, with sturdy, low in cost diesels taking center degree.


Volvo S60/V60

The S60 is a truly beautiful car, a tribute to the so-called IKEA design, one that seems to signal Volvo's renaissance (now under Chinese ownership). Contrary to its predecessor, the new model is meant to compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class & Co. Measuring 4.63 meters in length, it easily trumps the Germans and we haven't mentioned yet the V60's even more versatile interior. Younger buyers could be persuaded by the 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 petrol engine, with 304 hp (227 kW) on tap, while the more "mature" public can opt for frugal 4 or 5-cylinder diesel engines. Volvo's excellent safety record is another good point for the S60.


So, there you have it, the last seven standing gringos. But only one can survive this shootout and if you're asking for my take, that would be the Alfa Romeo. I'm happy that the Duster made it this far, I can appreciate the insane amount of engineering showcased by the Leaf and Volvo's comeback with the new S60, but, in my opinion, the winner must "speak" to you on a more personal level. And for me, the Giulietta does that best.

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