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12-20-2012, 11:12 AM
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Electric cars may have won the European Car of the Year award (http://www.caroftheyear.org/) two years in a row now (Opel Ampera (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/ampera/) in 2012, and Nissan Leaf (http://www.autoblog.com/nissan/leaf/) in 2011), we can say without reservation that the 2013 ECotY (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/ecoty/) will be a petrol-burning, internal combustionizer. That's because not a single electric vehicle made it to the contest's final round. But eight other cars did.

At the top of the alphabetical list is Ford's Fiesta (http://www.autoblog.com/ford/fiesta/)-based, B-Max (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/b-max/) MPV. Five doors, good ride and fuel-efficient, award-winning engine choices are some of the reasons it makes the list. Next is the Hyundai i30 (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/i30/), known as the Elantra GT Stateside (http://www.autoblog.com/hyundai/elantra+gt/), with either five or three doors, a roomy cabin and a 1.6-liter CRDi engine. The nominating committee commends the handsome hatch for improved exterior aesthetics and a multilink suspension that "shows in ride and handling."

Mercedes (http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/) gets the next spot with its hot hatch: the turbocharged A-Class (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/AClass/), followed by another hatch, the Peugeot 208 (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/03/07/2012-peugeot-208-geneva-2012/). The next finalist is from another marque we haven't seen in the States for quite some time - the fourth-generation Renault Clio (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/clio/), followed by the Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/)/Toyota (http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/) dynamic duo of BRZ (http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/) and the GT86 (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/gt86/). The last two contenders are the all-new Volkswagen Golf (http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/golf/) and the svelte Volvo V40 (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/v40/).

The European Car of the Year will be announced in early March after the jury has tallied its votes.European Car of the Year finalists announced (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/20/european-car-of-the-year-finalists-announced/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.thesubaruforum.com/rss-term-of-use/).
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