A while ago, the European Car of the Year (COTY) jury revealed the 28 models that comprised the long list of candidates for the European Car of the Year 2024. Yesterday, the jury announced the seven finalists. The winner will be revealed at the next Geneva International Motor Show on February 26th, 2024.
The active COTY jury consists of 59 jury members from 22 European countries, while the two Russian members are still suspended due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Noticeable was the strongly increased amount of Chinese cars in this list of candidates. No less than six models are produced in the People’s Republic, four of them from the same manufacturer, BYD. It clearly illustrates the increasing presence of Chinese brands in the European market.
During the fall, the jury members had the opportunity to drive all these candidates, many of them during their yearly gathering in the north of Denmark, where all candidates were gathered for a small week to give the jury members the opportunity to get to know them.
This year, the Jury welcomed two new members. First, there is Simon Tottoli from Switzerland, the new editor-in-chief of the renowned Swiss Automobil Revue. Secondly, there is the new French juror, Guy L’Hospital, deputy editor-in-chief of the well-known French bi-weekly magazine L’Auto Journal.
Yesterday, the jury released the seven names of the cars contending for the title of car of the year 2024. The cars are, in alphabetical order, the BMW 5-Series, the BYD Seal, the Kia EV9, the Peugeot 3008/e-3008, the Renault Scénic, the Toyota C-HR, and the Volvo EX30. For the first time, a Chinese car is a finalist for the title.
After further test drives with these 7 finalists in the north of France somewhere in February and a final voting round, the winner will thus be announced on Monday, 26 February, in the Palexpo exhibition center near Geneva airport, where the Geneva Motor Show takes place again after four years of absence.