Judges in the latest annual European Car Of The Year contest have finally whittled a long list of contenders down to just seven finalists.
Shaped from an initial shortlist of 33 nominees, the remaining seven cars is made up of five volume-sellers and a pair of premium new Germans.
Also in the running is Volkswagen’s newly revealed Passat sedan and wagon, Ford’s Mondeo - only recently launched in Europe - the Nissan Qashqai, Renault’s compact Twingo and the new Citroen C4 Cactus crossover.
Deciding the winner will be the work of a 23-strong judging panel, made up of journalists and industry figures from across Europe.
Eligibility requires that each have been launched before the end of the current year, and the vehicle must be expected to achieve at least 5000 annual sales - a requirement that necessarily rules out the world’s more exotic offerings.
The winner of the 2015 European Car of the Year award will be announced at March’s Geneva Motor Show.
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