The jury of the Car of the Year poll has selected seven finalists who will battle it out for the title European Car of the Year 2024. For the first time ever, a car from a Chinese brand made it this far in the survey, namely the electric BYD Seal, which is a Chinese competitor to, for example, the Tesla Model 3. BYD is the world’s largest “electric car” which, among other things, produces its own batteries and semiconductors.
Logically, we will find the majority of electric cars in the final. The Chinese Seal is kept company by the Kia EV9, the Renault Scénic and the Volvo EX30. Two other models are offered with an electric drive, but still retain internal combustion engines – the Peugeot 3008 and the BMW 5 Series. The only car that always leaves the production line with an internal combustion engine is the hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) Toyota C-HR.
Automotive traditions seem to be making a comeback. After the final testing of the seven finalists in mid-February, fifty-nine judges from 22 countries of the world will put their heads together and announce the winner at the traditional place – that is, at the Geneva Motor Show on the eve of the motor show, which is scheduled to return after a four-year hiatus.
The European Car of the Year is chosen by renowned journalists from Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, but also Holland or Sweden. The Czech Republic has had a representative among the judges since 1993. After Milan Jozíf and Tomáš Hyan, Jiří Duchoň now contributes his vote to the overall result.
This year’s Geneva Motor Show will take place from February 26 to March 3, so we will know the absolute winner a day earlier. What do you think, does the Chinese electric car have a chance of overall triumph, or will one of the more traditional manufacturers take the victory? And which car would you choose? Let us know in the poll below:
Which car would you choose as the European Car of the Year 2024?
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