2021 European Car of the Year – seven finalists named

2021 European Car of the Year – seven finalists named

The 2021 European Car of the Year (ECOTY) award has move on to the next stage, with the initial list of 29 models now trimmed down to just seven finalists. A second round of voting will be carried out in due time to determine the sole winner, which we’ll find out on March 1, 2021.

The seven models that survived the first cut include the Citroen C4, Cupra Formentor, Fiat 500, Land Rover Defender, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen ID.3. All the candidates are new vehicles on sale now or before the end of 2020 in five or more European market.

Brands that did not receive enough favour from the ECOTY jury include Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, which had three or more models in the running for the award. Meanwhile, marques with two models in the competition like BMW, Ford and Honda also did not get shortlisted.

The Peugeot 208 was last year’s ECOTY winner, finishing ahead of the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan, while other finalists were the Renault Clio V, Ford Puma, Toyota Corolla and F40 BMW 1 Series.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Fiat 500 is one of my top favourite and hope that it will come to Malaysia soon.

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  • Bieight on Jan 08, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    All not going to be on sale here

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  • Jaguh kampung on Jan 08, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Mini Cooper SE
    Benz A200,
    Renault Captur
    BMW 2 series gran coupe
    Honda E (kancil ev)
    Nissan Juke
    Ford Mustang Mach E SUV
    Volvo Polestar
    Lexus UX
    Peugeot 2008

    Tak masuk list.

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  • intermilan on Jan 11, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Only 2 SUVs in the final cut? There are more hatchback.. kinda weird since we were told SUV is trending like crazy.

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